Today would have been Freddie Mercury's sixth-fifth birthday. Check out Google's doodle to celebrate.
Born Faroukh Bulsara, in Zanzibar, Freddie adopted his stage name after meeting and joining up with Brian May and Roger Taylor and changing Smile to Queen.
It's hard to imagine a sixty-five year old Freddie onstage, although I wish we could see him. If Robert Plant can do it.....
Freddie was definitely his own man. According to some reports, he was anybody's man, but that's beyond the scope of this blog post. There was a great segment in a documentary where they interviewed people about his parties. One fellow stated that he could not describe the parties on the advice of his solicitor (lawyer).
There will be a biographical movie about Freddie in the near future, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. I'm trying to decide if this will be a good thing or a bad thing.
Rock on, Freddie.