Today is the 24th anniversary of Farrokh Bulsara’s passing. Born and raised in Stone Town in the Sultanate of Zanzibar until he moved to Bombay aged 8. Due to civil unrest in Zanzibar Bulsara with his family moved to Feltham (50 miles west of London) aged 17.
He has performed all over the world in some of the biggest venues over the world. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, UK Music Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His band have sold over 200 million records.
Out of the blue on November 23rd 1991 a statement was made confirming long standing press speculation that Bulsara had been tested HIV positive and he had AIDS. Just over 24 hours later, aged just 45, music’s greatest frontman and a legend had died.
Queen are another band I’ll always associate with films. They composed the music to the 1980 version on Flash Gordon and in 1986 A Kind Of Magic was used in the first Highlander film. Shaun of the Dead used 1978’s Don’t Stop Me Now to hilarious effect. And who can forget the use of the UK’s biggest single ever, Bohemian Rhapsody, in Wayne’s World?
R.I.P. Freddie Mercury
1946 – 1991