Freddie Mercury’s birthday is today, Sept. 5, and if he were still alive he would have turned 68 years old. Considered one of thegreatest singers of all time, despite havingno formal vocal training, Mercury regularly put more than should have been expected into performances.
For the recording of “The Show Must Go On,” Mercury was nearing his last days of his battle with AIDS-related bronchopneumonia. The band wasn’t sure if he’d be able toaccomplish the vocals, but Mercury swigged some vodka, said, “I’ll fucking do it, darling,” and legendarily pulled it off in one take. True royalty. Here’s five things you didn’t know about Mercury and Queen.
1. Queen wasn’t going to release “Another One Bites the Dust” as a single until Michael Jackson convinced them. It became the most successful single of their career.
2. Despite the popular song’s lyrics, Freddie Mercury didn’t like riding bicycles.
3. Freddie Mercury referred to Queen as “the bitchiest band on earth.”
4. Guitarist Brian May built his iconic guitar from scratch as a teenager.
5. Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana as a man and took her clubbing. Nobody recognized her.