Mercury spent most of his childhood in India and began taking piano lessons at the age of seven.In 1954, at the age of eight, Mercury was sent to study at St. Peter’s School, a British-style boarding school for boys, in Panchgani near Bombay (now Mumbai), India. One of his formative musical influences at the time was Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar.At the age of 12, he formed a school band, The Hectics, andcovered rock and roll artists such as Cliff Richard and Little Richard.A friend from the time recalls that he had „an uncanny ability to listen to the radio and replay what he heard on piano.” It was also at St. Peter’s where he began to call himself „Freddie”, and in February 1963 he moved back to Zanzibar where he joined his parents at their flat.
Freddie Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Sultanate of Zanzibar, East Africa (now part of Tanzania).His parents, Bomi (1908–2003) and Jer Bulsara (1922–),were Parsis from theGujarat region of the then province of Bombay Presidency in British India. The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. As Parsis, Mercury and his family practised the Zoroastrian religion.The Bulsara family had moved to Zanzibar so that his father could continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. He had a younger sister, Kashmira.
Cochem is the seat of and the biggest town in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. With just under 5,000 inhabitants, Cochem falls just behind Kusel, in the like-named district, as Germany’s second smallest district seat. Since 7 June 2009, it has belonged to the Verbandsgemeinde of Cochem.
Freddie Mercury has been voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2005, a poll organised by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the best male singer of all time. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers ever. In 2009, a Classic Rock poll elected him the best rock singer of all time. Additionally, AllMusic has characterised Mercury as „one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers,” who possessed „one of the greatest voices in all of music.”
Eguisheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.Eguisheim produces Alsace wine of high quality. In May 2013 it was voted the «Village préféré des Français» (Favorite French Village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout France.
Freddie Mercury, 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991 was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range.As a songwriter, he composed many hits for Queen, including „Bohemian Rhapsody,” „Killer Queen,” „Somebody to Love,” „Don’t Stop Me Now,” „Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and „We Are the Champions.” Mercury also led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists.
Mercury was a Parsi born in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. He died ofbronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease. Posthumously, in 1992 he was awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and the band received a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. Also in 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
May has had a lifelong interest in collecting Victorian stereophotography. In 2009, with co-author Elena Vidal, he published his second book, A Village Lost and Found, on the work of English stereophotography innovator T. R. Williams.He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Saxby Medal in 2012 for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging.May made a significant technical contribution to the book to accompany the exhibition ‘Stereoscopic Photographs of Pablo Picasso by Robert Mouzillat’ held at the Holburne Museum in Bath, UK from February 2014 to June 2014. The book provides a cross-section of photographs of Picasso in his studio, at the bullfight at Arles and in his garden. May’s 3D ‘Owl viewer’ is used to view the photographs in 3D.
The purchase of his first card in 1973 started May on a lifelong and world-wide search for Les Diableries, which are stereoscopic photographs depicting scenes of daily life in Hell. On 10 October 2013the book ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’ by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming was published.