Sixty-nine years ago today, Freddie Mercury made his way into the world – I couldn’t let that go without a noise, so, here’s another drawing! I’ve also mixed several of my older drawings in with some photographs here, to decorate the fabulous garment you see Freddie wearing; the dazzling, nonpareil showman overlaying the private, quiet man completely dedicated to his art. That’s what Mercury was all about.
On that vein, I leave below my favourite vocal performance of his, and probably my favourite Queen song of all – Teo Torriatte, the closing track of the brilliant album A Day At The Races. It was Freddie in his artistic element, and contains all of what made his sound so unique and so beautiful – the voice of the angel, the roar of the lion… it has everything. It’s such a lovely song.
And just as I think Fred can’t get any better, I recently read that his favourite TV show was Countdown. Ha! I had to get that in there somewhere. Clearly, a man of universally excellent taste.