Freddie Mercury is remembered as the leader of Queen, a unique voice that came to change the music industry forever, but this was only the stage name of the man behind that success, as Farrokh Bulsara was what his parents called him at birth. .
Although Freddie first saw the light on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, he lived most of his childhood in India, where his parents were from. He grew up with a Parsi Indian family that decided to reside in the United Kingdom, where the singer became passionate about music and founded Queen.
His friends from St. Peter’s School boarding school, which he attended at age seven, and later in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College began calling him in two ways: Frederick or Freddie.
However, it was not until the early 1970s that he met Brian May and Roger Taylor, who invited him to join the band Smile. Freddie insisted on renaming the band under the pretext of his new lineup and eventually settled on Queen, just as he changed his stage name to Freddie Mercury.
There are some theories as to what motivated the leaving Farrokh Bulsara behind. One of them is taken from the verse of one of the band’s first compositions, since in the lyrics of “My fairy King” it takes up a fantastic world: “Mother Mercury, look what they’ve done to me (mother Mercurio, look what they have done to me) ”. The artist confirmed some time later that he was referring to his mother, so the possibility immediately arose that it was his inspiration for the now so recognized Mercury.
Other versions suggest that his new artistic nickname stems from the evolution that would approach in his life as a frontman, bringing to life a new character on stage, a kind of alter ego. Instead, the reasons could also be related to racism and his brown skin due to the little inclusion of ‘different’ people or of his ethnicity during that time.