Elton John and Freddie Mercury are considered to be two of the most illustrious entertainers in history. But many may not know that the pair were actually also close friends. Now, then, John has opened up about the final months before the Queen frontman died.
Mercury – real name Farrokh Bulsara – entered the world in September 1946 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. At the time, the island was a territory under the jurisdiction of Great Britain. Yet Mercury’s family escaped from Zanzibar when the singer was 17 years old after a conflict began there in 1964.
The Bulsara brood then moved to London, England, where Mercury later studied art and graphic design at Ealing Art College. But from a young age music had actually been his passion. Indeed, Mercury had started learning how to play the piano at the tender age of seven.