Rock Legend Freddie Mercury's Birthday
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 23:09
Today marks the 66th birthday of one of the greatest and iconic front men in music history. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of rock band Queen, died of AIDS-related pneumonia on November 24, 1991. Mercury was most known for his flamboyant stage persona and his unparalleled over four-octave range. As a composer and songwriter, Mercury wrote dozens of hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
Adam Lambert and Katy Perry have all cited Mercury as their top influences. “He was completely over the top in the best possible way,” says Lambert. “Music, most of the time, is about sexuality, whether you are straight, gay or in between. It’s about love and sex. That’s rock n’ roll.”
Lady Gaga has also shown her dedication to Queen in both her performances and her stage name. Queen Guitarist Brian May performed alongside Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards and called her “an inspiration”.
Mercury left an unquestionable mark on the world of music. In 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC’s poll of 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. But other than his talent, Mercury was an idol for those seeking to express themselves through music. For the LGBT community, Mercury continues to remain an important icon for acknowledging his bisexuality and his flamboyant stage performances.