It’s International Cat Day! Did you know Freddie Mercury wrote a song about his favorite cat ‘Delilah’?
No doubt about it: Freddie Mercury was a cat person. Throughout his life he had several cats and on tour he could miss them terribly. Peter Freestone wrote Freddie’s memoir and in the book you can read that the singer often called his cats when he was away from home. A family member or friend on the other end of the line arranged for him to ‘speak’ to the cats. “His cats were his family,” says Freestone. The pets were also pampered during holidays. Mercury always made sure that each cat got his or her own Christmas stocking, filled with treats and toys.
It just didn’t stop with calling. He even wrote a song about his favorite cat! Drummer Roger Taylor didn’t really want to put the song ‘Delilah’ on the album Innuendo, but agreed at the request of Freddie. The singer eventually had quite a few cats. He saved Dorothy, Tiffany, Delilah, Lily, Miko, Goliath, Oscar and Romeo from the shelter. Mercury also shared cats Tom and Jerry with ex-girlfriend Mary Austin. He contributed his album Mr. Bad Guy to them. “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry, but also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany and all the cat lovers all over the universe. Fuck the rest!” Said Freddie at the time.