Mercury, Freddie

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Name
Mercury, Freddie Gender: M
Bulsara, Farrokh
born on 5 September 1946
Place Zanzibar, Tanzania, 6s10, 39e11
Timezone MSK h3e (is standard time)
Data source
Official source; untimed
Rodden Rating AAX
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 12°12' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_sagcol.18.gif



Freddie Mercury
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Biography

British superstar musician, known as the lead vocalist and co-principal songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. He was an eccentric in a field already noted for the unconventional, a singer, pianist, composer and record producer.

Various claims have been made for why he chose the name Mercury for himself: reportedly he said it was his ruling planet, or his rising planet, or chose it because of the song "My Fairy King" (that he wrote for the first Queen album), which contains the line: "Mother Mercury, Look what they've done to me. I cannot run I cannot hide." Another suggestion is that the name Mercury was inspired by Mike Mercury, the action hero in British TV series "Supercar" (1961-1962).

Bi-sexual, he founded Queen in 1970 and was hot in the 1970s and '80s. Mercury wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen (including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," "Somebody to Love," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and "We Are the Champions"); occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists; and concurrently led a solo career while performing with Queen.

Mercury was born of Parsi descent to Bomi (1908–2003) and Jer Bulsara (1922–2016) in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens, before moving with his family to Middlesex, England — ultimately forming the band Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor.

He became the first major rock star to die of AIDS, dying from pneumonia on the evening of 24 November 1991, aged 45, in London. He publicly acknowledged the day before his death that he had contracted the disease. In April 1992, the remaining members of Queen founded The Mercury Phoenix Trust which has since raised millions of pounds for various AIDS charities.

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Relationships

  • compare to chart of Peadon, Kasey (born 28 October 1968). Notes: Peadon was falsely reported in the media to be Mercury's child

Events

  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1970 (Mary Austin)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released June 1971 (Debut gig as Queen)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : End significant relationship December 1976 (Mary Austin)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1985 (Jim Hutton)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1987 (HIV)
  • Death by Disease 24 November 1991 (Pneumonia/AIDS, age 45)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

LMR quotes date without time given in "Queen: As it Began" by Jacky Gunn and Jim Jenkins, Pan 1992. p.24. Frank C. Clifford gives 5:10 AM, speculative, in "British Entertainers." Lexikon No.4 quotes Meridian 10/1992, p.37 for 4:43 AM, no source.

Sy Scholfield speculates a time of 5:50 AM which puts planet Mercury on the ascendant, his rectification based on a joke by a family member (ostensibly made at the expense of a statement from Freddie Mercury): "Freddie's English brother-in-law, Roger,... insists that [Freddie] chose the name because Mercury was his rising planet. 'When he told me, I said, it's a bloody good job it wasn't Uranus. Freddie never forgave me for that.' Kashmira, Freddie's sister, gives Roger a look. He says no more on the subject." (Waldemar Januszczak. "Star of India." Sunday Times Magazine 11/17/1996, p. 61).

In 2007, Scholfield found Mercury's birth certificate online (no time of birth recorded) and forwarded a copy (http://web.archive.org/web/20080228103923/http://mr-mercury.co.uk/Images/Birthcertificatefreddie.jpg), later finding a quote from Brian May in "Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury" by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne (Bonnier, 2016): "'He [Freddie] wrote a song for the first album [by Queen] called “My Fairy King” and in it there's a line that goes: “O Mother Mercury, what have you done to me?”' Brian May remembers. 'And it was after that that he said to me, “Well, I'm going to become Mercury because the mother in this song is my mercury and so I'm going to become Mercury.” Scholfield checked the lyrics of the song which do not mention anything about Mercury as a planet.

Another book, "Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography" by Lesley-Ann Jones (Hachette, 2011), states: "His mother Jer was little more than a child herself when she gave birth to him in Zanzibar's Government Hospital, on Thursday 5 September 1946 – which happened to be the Parsee New Year's Day. That the tiny 18 year-old's first-born was male was a blessing. When the news reached her husband at work, Bomi rejoiced." On 24 November 2016, Lesley-Ann Jones emailed a reply to Scholfield's request for further info on Mercury's time of birth: "I have no idea, I'm afraid! And we can't even ask his mother, she passed last week. Jer did tell me that she gave birth during office hours - and that the news was relayed to Bomi at work. But there is no record of his birth time, sadly. This information is lost to the sands of time."

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Traits : Personality : Other Personality (Flamboyant stage persona)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Aids
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Jim Hutton, 1985-1991)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Queen)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Record)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Rock star)