Remembering Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 76th birthday

East Coast Gold looks back at the musical career of one of the greatest singers who ever lived, Freddie Mercury. 

Freddie Mercury
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Freddie Mercury whose real name is Farrokh Bulsara, was born on 5 September 1946 and sadly died on 24 November 1991. 

Mercury has been named one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music. 

A study released in 2015 found that Mercury had an unparalleled singing voice with an ability to have his vocal chords move faster than other people's. He had a four-octave vocal range.

Mercury  was the lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, which was formed in London in 1970. It was one of the most successful bands in rock history. Their album, 'Sheer Heart Attack' (1974) dominated international charts. 

READ: Celebrating the legend that was Freddie Mercury 

The single, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', spent nine weeks atop the British singles chart. 

The band's hit singles, 'We Are the Champions' and 'We Will Rock You', became unofficial sports anthems all over the world. 

After receiving such astounding international recognition, Mercury decided to go solo in 1985. 

He released  'Mr. Bad Guy', but continued with Queen. 

In 1991, the star revealed that he was diagnosed with AIDS. He died the same year.

READ: Rustenburg High Choir wows with incredible tribute to Freddie Mercury

To mark what was supposed to be his 76th birthday, we will be playing some of his biggest hits. 

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