Freddie Mercury is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock. In fact, The Guardian once described his singing voice as “a force of nature with the velocity of a hurricane.” But what made it so incredible? Was it years of practise or simply good luck? Well, it seems that a scientific study has now proven that the Queen frontman had a particularly distinctive attribute which helped him to achieve such greatness.
First, however, it’s worth learning more about Freddie Mercury. Before he was known by his stage name, you see, Mercury came into the world in Zanzibar in 1946 as Farrokh Bulsara. He subsequently grew up in India, but as a child he immersed himself in the world of Western pop. Then, in his late teens, he and his family fled the Zanzibar revolution to England, where he would later study graphic art and design. And after graduating from Ealing Art College, Mercury performed in several bands, including Sour Milk Sea and Ibex.
It wasn’t until 1970, though, that Mercury joined forces with drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May – and their band would later become Queen. Bassist John Deacon bolstered their line-up, too, and the group began to make waves in their U.K. homeland. In fact, Mercury’s sense of showmanship, versatile voice and fondness for eyeliner and nail polish soon helped them to stick out from the crowd.