1946 - Freddie Mercury, born on the 5th of September in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Originally named Faroukh Bulsara, grew up in India and moved to Britain to work for a time in Heathrow airport.
1971 - Initially a vocalist in a band called Wreckage, he joined Queen. At this point the band was made up of ex-Smile members Brian May on guitar and Rodger Taylor on drums. John Deacon answered an advert in the music press to become the band’s bassist.
1972 - Their second album, 'Queen 2', gave them their first hit single: 'Seven Seas Of Rye'. They gradually found a loyal audience in a difficult time for music; he made a charismatic front man and the band worked together as a skilful team.
1980 - He wrote the catchy number 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', from the album 'The Game', released the same year that the band penned the score to 'Flash Gordon'.
1987 - His solo work included material for the soundtracks to 'Electric Dreams' and 'Metropolis'. His version of 'The Great Pretender' was a hit. He recorded an album and single, 'Barcelona', with opera diva Montserrat Caballe, for the Barcelona Olympics.
1989 - The group worked together again on 'The Miracle' and 'Innuendo', which was the last material to be released.
1991 - Tragic death from AIDS in London, England on the 24th of November.
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