Freddie Mercury is widely regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock. And a scientific study has proven that the Queen frontman had a particularly distinctive attribute which helped him to achieve such greatness. Here’s a look at the voice once described as “a force of nature with the velocity of a hurricane.”
Before he was known by his stage name, Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946. He grew up in India, but as a child he immersed himself in the world of Western pop. In his late teens he and his family fled the Zanzibar revolution to England, where he would later study graphic art and design. After graduating from Ealing Art College, Mercury performed in several bands including Sour Milk Sea and Ibex.
In 1970 Mercury joined forces with drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May to form the band that would later become Queen. After adding bassist John Deacon to their line-up, the group began to make waves in their UK homeland. Indeed, Mercury’s sense of showmanship, versatile voice and fondness for eyeliner and nail polish soon helped them to stick out from the crowd.