WSBU Presents: Pirate Radio
Apr 16, 2013
As the lead singer and lyricist of one the most influential pop bands of all-time, Queen, Freddie Mercury was radiant in pop music’s spotlight. However, Mercury tragically died of bronchial pneumonia, a result of contraction of the AIDS virus in 1987.
One of the greatest entertainers in rock history, Mercury managed to separate his personal and professional life, so much so, that he died one day (11/24/91) after first publically admitting to having the HIV-AIDS virus. Mercury is responsible for some of the most widely known hits in music history, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Bicycle Race,” “Killer Queen” and “We Are The Champions.” His magnetizing aura affected the music scene greatly; his utilization of harmonies and vocal cadences influenced many bands performing today.
Due to how highly regarded Mercury was, his death from the AIDS virus raised awareness infinitely, similar to how Magic Johnson’s contraction of the virus raised awareness in the sports world. His stage presence was only eclipsed by his societal presence; Mercury’s word was scripture for music enthusiasts, to this very day. T
he Mercury Phoenix Trust, to aid research of the disease, was set up in remembrance of Mercury, and has raised millions of pounds towards research. Freddie Mercury was a shining example of charisma and pride, his impact on music and culture will never cease.