, Indeed. Freddie Mercury rocked the world with his music. Today, nearly two decades after his death, millions of people continue to rock to his music, mesmerised with his four-octave vocal range, artistic exuberance and brilliant performance.
Farrokh Bulsara, as Freddie was called in his younger days, was born into a middle-class Parsi-Indian family on September 5, 1946, in the British Confederate of Zanzibar. Bomi and Jair Bulsara, his parents, wanted to make sure that their son got a good education.
Bomi, his father, who worked as a cashier at the British Colonial Office, wanted to see his son settle down as an accountant. But destiny had other plans for Farrokh.
Even as a child, Farrokh was fascinated with music. At the age of seven, while living with relatives in India, he took piano lessons. He loved to sing at family get-togethers and parties and loved all the attention it got him.