Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, was a British singer, song writer, and record producer. He was the lead vocalist of the popular rock band Queen. Mercury wrote multiple famous songs, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Somebody to Love, and Killer Queen. Queen also did a song with British songwriter David Bowie called Under Pressure.
Mercury was born of Parsi descent, which is a community located mainly in India and Pakistan. At the age of 9, he received formal piano training. He grew up in India until his teens, when his family moved to Middlesex, England. He stated that some of his favorite British artists were The Who, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Led Zeppelin. In 1970 he formed Queen alongside Brian May and Roger Taylor.
In 1991, it was discovered that Mercury had contracted the HIV disease, which eventually led to AIDS, and his death.
In 1992 he posthumously won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and a tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, and the whole band of Queen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Freddie Mercury was an inspiration to many people, and his songs are still incredibly popular today.