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Remembering Freddie Mercury: On the 20th Anniversary of His Death, 7 Iconic Moments
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/23/11 | Shirley Halperin

Posted on 11/25/2011 7:34:02 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat

Freddie Mercury died 20 years ago today. The Queen singer and songwriter had been secretly battling AIDS for four years, announcing that he had contracted the disease on Nov. 23, 1991, one day before he passed away of AIDS-related bronchopneumonia. He was 45.

Known for his wide vocal range and unparalleled showmanship, the Zanzibar-born Mercury (nee Farrokh Bulsara) also wrote many of Queen’s biggest hits including the six-minute-long rock opus "Bohemian Rhapsody,” sports anthems "We Are the Champions" and “We Will Rock You” and throwback "Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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He died on November 24, 1991. I still think he was one of the best singers of his time.
1 posted on 11/25/2011 7:34:10 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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2 posted on 11/25/2011 7:36:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Fantastic talent. Broken soul.


3 posted on 11/25/2011 7:36:12 PM PST by lurk
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Better than Perry Como?


4 posted on 11/25/2011 7:37:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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I heard someplace that he never had his overbite/bucktooth condition corrected because he thought it would affect the character of his vocalization.He thought it would end his career.


5 posted on 11/25/2011 7:38:09 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: lurk

Looks like George Michael is about to join him...same illness, 20 years later. Not that there’s any comparison in talent. Mercury was a genius.


6 posted on 11/25/2011 7:38:35 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Agreed.

It’s hard to beat Fat Bottom Girls and the bass riffs are incredible.

Ah, you gonna take me home tonight
Ah, down beside that red firelight
Are you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round

Hey, I was just a skinny lad, never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat fannys, she was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me

Hey, hey
Whoo

I’ve been singing with my band, across the wire, across the land
I seen ev’ry blue eyed floozy on the way
But their beauty and their style went kind of smooth after a while
Take me to them dirty ladies every time, Shawn

Oh, won’t you take me home tonight?
Oh, down beside your red firelight
Oh, and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round

Hey, listen here
Now your mortgages and homes, I got stiffness in the bones
Ain’t no beauty queens in this locality, I tell you
Oh, but I still get my pleasure still got my greatest treasure
Heap big woman, you gone made a big man of me, now get this

Oh, you gonna take me home tonight
Oh, down beside that red firelight
Oh, you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round

Get on your bikes and ride

Ooh yeah, oh yeah, them fat bottomed girls
Fat bottomed girls, yeah yeah yeah, yeah
All right
Ride ‘em cowboys
Fat bottomed girls
Yes, yes


7 posted on 11/25/2011 7:38:53 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

agreed


8 posted on 11/25/2011 7:40:29 PM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Freddie was not born a Christian, but he definitely knew the story of our Lord. The first album the band recorded includes a song called "Jesus", a fairly accurate lyric regarding Christ. Lyrics: Jesus, from the album "Queen".

The last album released before he died included a song called "All God's People". Lyrics: All God's People, from the album "Innuendo".

9 posted on 11/25/2011 7:40:53 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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Freddie was not born a Christian, but he definitely knew the story of our Lord.

The first album the band recorded includes a song called "Jesus", a fairly accurate lyric regarding Christ. Lyrics: Jesus, from the album "Queen".

The last album released before he died included a song called "All God's People". Lyrics: All God's People, from the album "Innuendo".

10 posted on 11/25/2011 7:41:17 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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Indeed...

He wrote his own epitaph...
11 posted on 11/25/2011 7:41:17 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Such a great talent and a sad ending (as with many).


12 posted on 11/25/2011 7:41:35 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: lurk

I hope he made peace with God before he left this world. See my posts below...he definitely knew, at least in his head, the story of Christ.


13 posted on 11/25/2011 7:43:06 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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Here’s a video of a friend of mine covering Bohemian Rhapsody live with a band. Trust me, it’s worth your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGcDpnxtqsc


14 posted on 11/25/2011 7:43:28 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: buccaneer81
First thing I thought of when I saw this thread was this:

Queen & George Michael: Somebody to Love (Freddie Mercury Tribute/Wembley Stadium)

Weird. It's a pretty damn good version, too.

15 posted on 11/25/2011 7:43:45 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

It was amazing how near the end, he was still able to summon enough energy to sing some of the final tracks, you never would have known he was sick from just hearing them. Probably was the reason he went downhill so fast, it took everything out of him.


16 posted on 11/25/2011 7:44:50 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: lurk

I’ll have to scrub my mind with Clorox after watching the first minute or so of the “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” video.

I love / loved that song, now I have an image of Freddie’s highly trafficked, leather-wrapped rear associated with it....


17 posted on 11/25/2011 7:45:51 PM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: gimme1ibertee

I heard the same thing being said as to why Barbra Streisand never had her proboscis slimmed down, gotten a nose job for movie roles due to her fear that it might have a detrimental affect on her voice.


18 posted on 11/25/2011 7:46:32 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:The bastard offspring of Satan and Medusa.)
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To: buccaneer81
Not that there’s any comparison in talent,

True that, but...George Michael sure can wail when it comes to singing Queen's "Somebody To Love"..saw him do it on some music award show...he really did the song well.I'm not a big George Michael fan,but his song "Father Figure" makes me all warm and gooey inside...go ahead,flame on..LOLOL
19 posted on 11/25/2011 7:46:56 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Ready Freddie"?

How many partners do you suppose he had in the four years he kept his illness a secret?

I won't comment on his talent, but I strongly disagree(d) with his morals.

20 posted on 11/25/2011 7:47:14 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I always thought of John F'n Kerry when I would listened to Bohemian Rapsody...

Bohemian Rapsody

21 posted on 11/25/2011 7:48:05 PM PST by hope
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.I'm not a big George Michael fan,but his song "Father Figure" makes me all warm and gooey inside...go ahead,flame on..LOLOL

But seriously, how could anyone not know George was a flamer after the first time they saw that Wham! "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" video?

22 posted on 11/25/2011 7:49:50 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: All
Queen - The Show Must Go On --Freddie Mercury Tribute
23 posted on 11/25/2011 7:50:16 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: TSgt

It’s strange but it’s true...

Freddie was constantly shoving his sexuality in our faces. But we 80’s kids forgave him that and loved his music on it’s own merits.

The stuff he did when he knew he was dying is his most awesome work. He deserves to0 be remembered for that.


24 posted on 11/25/2011 7:51:10 PM PST by sinanju
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Fantastic talent. Broken soul.

True on both counts. He was an extremely dedicated performer,but had a bit of a sad personal life.
25 posted on 11/25/2011 7:52:06 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

He was probably the best of his time. 20 years. I am getting old.


26 posted on 11/25/2011 7:52:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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He was! He was passionate and left us with some beautiful music. I miss him, God bless his soul.
27 posted on 11/25/2011 7:54:07 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! WWW.MIKEMcCALISTERFORSENATE.COM check him out!)
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How many threads to we need commemorating homosexual zoroastrian crooner, Farrokh Bulsara?


28 posted on 11/25/2011 7:55:08 PM PST by Antoninus (Take the pledge: I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances. EVER.)
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To: gimme1ibertee

Apparently he was molested as a teenager, goes a long way to explaining why he turned out the way he did.


29 posted on 11/25/2011 7:55:25 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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Indeed. Have made the same comment several times in conversations about music of the era. I remember girls at my school vehemently denied George m was gay. “look, look! He puts supermodels in his videos!”


30 posted on 11/25/2011 7:55:29 PM PST by The_Sword_of_Groo ("No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.")
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To: gimme1ibertee
Listen Without Prejudice is actually a very good album. He's no Freddie Mercury, but the man can sing.

I linked his "Somebody to Love" cover from the Mercury tribute upthread. He does the song justice.

31 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:15 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Antoninus

Farrokh Bulsara? Who knew? Far out Farrokh. Fag Rock!


32 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:38 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Queen is one of my all time favorite bands. Freddy Mercury was one talented man. Too bad he was unable to contain his sexual urges.


33 posted on 11/25/2011 7:57:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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how could anyone not know George was a flamer

OMG!! I know!! Then,I suppose,his handlers decided maybe he should polish his appearance a bit. The unshaved look,the leather jacket and the sleek coif in the "Father Figure" video may have helped to tone down the "gayness",but everyone just knew.
34 posted on 11/25/2011 7:59:25 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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Saw them twice in concert. Once right after their first album came out. I think they opened for Mott the Hoople.

Then again on the News of the World tour as the headline.
Both shows FABULOUS!


35 posted on 11/25/2011 7:59:37 PM PST by moehoward
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That’s why he brought in Brooke Shields for damage control.

It didn’t work.


36 posted on 11/25/2011 8:00:19 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: gimme1ibertee
Don't know much about what his personal life was...I never really paid attention to it years ago.

One thing I can say...I was fortunate enough to see him and Queen in concert back in the 70’s and 80’s approximately a dozen times.

37 posted on 11/25/2011 8:02:31 PM PST by Rational Thought
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He's no Freddie Mercury, but the man can sing.

Yep...talented but totally ruled by his own demons.Self-destructive,for whatever reason...A damn shame.
38 posted on 11/25/2011 8:02:53 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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I was acquainted with a very quiet, kind man when I was younger, who sang backup for some very well-known artists, Chaka Khan and many others. He contracted AIDS back when it was a fairly rapid death sentence and cause for complete social ostracism. I didn’t really know he was gay at the time, but should have suspected, he wasn’t exactly effeminate but he was empathetic and soft.

His singing was his existence, really, outside of that apparent sexual compulsion, that I knew nothing of until afterward. AIDS took his voice first, some sort of paralysis of the vocal chords, it began as almost a stutter but progressed to not being able to speak at all, quite a few motor function disabilities followed in the wake of that.

The last time I saw him, he had turned into an ashen, wooden figure, hollowed out with empty eyes. He didn’t seem to be in there anymore, and it was if his ravaged body had been taken over by something alien. Not long after that, he left here as his immediate family wanted nothing to do with him in that state, they were afraid of the disease and uncomfortable being associated with it or with him. This was back in the late eighties, when AIDS was a very rapid death sentence, and in fact it was, all this occurred over about a years’ time.

A very fundamentalist Christian aunt in Houston paid to fly him down there, and she cared for him and ministered to him until he died in bed, in her home. She wanted to get him right with God and to save his soul. I didn’t really understand at the time but I do now, having found or actually returned to God myself, and I hope she succeeded.

He was an exceedingly kindhearted and gentle person with a beautiful voice. It’s a pity that such carnality took him over and destroyed him, but that’s what it did. Utterly destroyed him, took away everything he ever valued in life in as cruel and embarassing manner as possible, reduced him to a hollow stick figure, made him dependent as a baby while simultanteously making him an outcast.

It’s a very grave sin that provokes such a punishment, imho.


39 posted on 11/25/2011 8:03:12 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Recovering_Democrat

RIP Freddie Mercury.


40 posted on 11/25/2011 8:03:40 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (guitars and women.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; All

Good post, good thread, GRRRRRRREAT talent! R.I.P. Freddie.


41 posted on 11/25/2011 8:04:38 PM PST by PGalt
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To: gimme1ibertee
Yeah even the hot chicks in "Freedom" didn't help.

42 posted on 11/25/2011 8:05:52 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: Rational Thought
.I was fortunate enough to see him and Queen in concert back in the 70’s and 80’s approximately a dozen times.

Lucky buck,that's what you were!!! I would LOVE to have seen them! I love Chris May's guitar talent (he built his first guitar himself)and Freddie's passion and strong voice.
43 posted on 11/25/2011 8:06:55 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes, Saw them live in Pontiac. what year I don’t recall. back then we didn’t care about his sexuality..But, we grew up and referred back to what we learned from right and wrong.


44 posted on 11/25/2011 8:07:23 PM PST by hope
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LOLOL!! Yep!


45 posted on 11/25/2011 8:08:06 PM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: gimme1ibertee

When a singer makes it to the show, they never get those types of things corrected becasue it will change the sound of their voice....


46 posted on 11/25/2011 8:08:45 PM PST by stockpirate (Real hero's don't wear capes, they wear dog tags.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
don't know why, but it's my favorite Queen track One Vision
47 posted on 11/25/2011 8:09:00 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Thanks for posting that. And lucky for all of us we don't stand before FReepers at Judgment.

And then I saw Him in the crowd
A lot of people had gathered round Him, the beggars shouted the lepers called him
The old man said nothing, he just stared about him
All going down to see the Lord Jesus, all going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

Then came a man before His feet he fell, unclean said the leper and rang his bell
Felt the palm of a hand touch his head, go now go now you're a new man instead
All going down to see the Lord Jesus, all going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

It all began with the three wise men, followed a star took
them to Bethlehem
And made it heard throughout the land, born was a leader of manv All going down to see the Lord Jesus, all going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

It all began with the three wise men, followed a star took them to Bethlehem
And made it heard throughout the land, born was a leader of man
All going down to see the Lord Jesus, all going down to see the Lord Jesus

48 posted on 11/25/2011 8:09:18 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (guitars and women.)
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To: TSgt
And what's happened to those "hot chicks"?


49 posted on 11/25/2011 8:10:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Dude!

50 posted on 11/25/2011 8:13:29 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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