Freddie Mercury lover of life - singer of songs 1946-1991. Born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar, Freddie Mercury became one of the world's greatest rock music performers. His career as lead singer of the band Queen spanned twenty years and together they sold over 150 million albums worldwide. Innovator, showman, musician extraordinaire, he left a compelling legacy and had an enormous influence on the next generation of rock performers. Queen acquired the lakeside Mountain Recording Studios in 1978 and Freddie's strong links with the town continued until his death. He appreciated the kindness and discretion of the townspeople and Montreux became a haven for him, his second home and the setting for his final work.