Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury

freddie-2cSixty-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.

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16 comments
  1. OMG! Jacob, your drawing of Freddie is sooo beautiful. Freddie is amazing. Your choice of song, is choice of love. Thank you for your tribute to Freddie. ❤ Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you Camilla. He is most definitely handsome; this is a really nice photo actually (I’m sure you can tell it’s a promotional from the Breakthru video shoot). I like the beard a lot – it really suited him. My thanks also for pointing out my typos (I’m mortified!) and reblogging over at your place – much appreciated!

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      • I feel very proud that I can publish so beautiful post – tribute to Freddie. Thank you ❤ camilla

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      • Jacob said:

        I know nobody who loves Freddie as much as you do, so for you to say that I’ve done a good job means a lot. Thank you, Camilla.

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      • Thanks Jacob, I knew Freddie personally. You wrote about Freddie and table tennis. I know he played tennis, maybe table tennis when was opportunity. I have pictures of Freddie – tennis player from IBIZA. If you want to see, they are on Google, or I can send. Camilla

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      • Jacob said:

        I wish I could have known him… I’d settle for just seeing him perform from afar! Sadly, he passed away two months before I was born.

        Ha, yes, I read that he was brilliant at table tennis on JW’s blog, which I’d not heard before and just found quite sweet. I believe I’ve seen the tennis photographs before – thanks for the offer, though.

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  2. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    WOW, it’s Amazing Jacob, they are all in there the different ages and looks of Freddie. A wonderful Happy Birthday to our dear Freddie, 69 would he be today, but love him forever xxx

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you Geke – I did want to try and rustle up something special for the big day!

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  3. theroyalist said:

    Hello Jacob,

    A fine tribute blog on this special day. Very good Freddie drawing and choice of song. The countdown to 70 starts now.
    Have a nice Queen day,

    JW

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    • Jacob said:

      He remains the greatest. Thank you very much for your comment – I enjoyed your facts, all of which were new to me (Freddie playing table tennis did make me chuckle, for some reason).

      Do have a nice day yourself – turn the volume up loud!

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  4. anik94 said:

    Very nice art, Jacob. He was brilliantly talented and gave inspiriation to many people. I love his music and he has not been replaced, I feel. So special and it’s a big shame what happened to him.

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh, most definitely. I can’t think of anybody, artist or otherwise, who comes even remotely close to filling the void he left behind. It is incredibly sad what happened; death is rarely a joyous concept. We can only treasure the pleasure he gave us, continue to revel in his art and remember the man with gratitude and affection – that way, he’s still with us. Thanks!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, thank you so much (and for the follow, too!).

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