The late Freddie Mercury is being remembered in all kinds of ways in the days approaching the 70th anniversary of his birth.
The childhood home of Queen’s legendary lead singer in Feltham, West London with a Blue Plaque which reads: ‘Freddie Mercury (Fred Bulsara). 1946-1991. Singer and Songwriter lived here.’
These plaques serve as historical markers in a public place in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. They commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event.
Mercury’s sister Kashmira Cooke was present for the presentation along with Brian May who continues to perform as part of Queen, according to PlanetRock.com.
Cooke said her bother and the plaque: ‘Secretly he would have been very proud and pleased too.’
May called it ‘a pleasant duty’ to help install the plaque.
‘It was here that I first visited Freddie soon after we had met through a mutual friend,’ May said.
‘We spent most of the day appreciating and analyzing in intimate detail the way that Jimi Hendrix had put his recordings together in the studio – listening to Hendrix on vinyl played on Freddie’s Dansette record player – which had stereo speakers on opposite sides of the box!
‘Feltham was the childhood neighborhood for both of us but we never knew it until we met in the cause of music.’
The Queen frontman died in 1991 from complications due to AIDS at the age of 45. He wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen including Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and We Are the Champions.