Queen is one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Even if you weren’t a die-hard fan, you’ve surely heard their songs at least once in your life. Queen was a band like no other has been, or ever will be, and Freddie Mercury was at the helm of it all. He created an original sound that turned into classic masterpieces, like Bohemian Rhapsody. But Mercury wasn’t always the stage legend people know him as. This artist, which was a natural born performer, had a very interesting past, and his transition from a traditional, conservative Persian household into one of the world’s biggest musicians was an epic one.
Here are 30 things we bet you didn’t know about Mercury’s life.
Freddie Mercury’s real name was Farrokh Bulsara
Did you know that Freddie Mercury was born as Farrokh Bulsara, to Persian parents from India? He was born in Zanzibar, on September 5, 1946. His father worked in the British Colonial Office as a cashier, and they were quite a conservative Persian family.
Farrokh started by going by the name of Freddie when he was a young boy studying in Mumbai, which his family had sent him to when he was 8 years old. However, he legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury around 1970, when Queen started. He chose ‘Mercury’ because he really liked the hot liquid chemical element, and Mercury has his start sign, too! In Persian mythology, Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, is the messenger of truth and love, which he considered himself to be as well.