Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury always made Queen his principal creative focus, releasing only a few stand-alone singles, one solo album and a duet project with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe before his 1991 death from AIDS complications. In fact, Mercury returned to complete a Queen album during the sessions for his 1985 debut 'Mr. Bad Guy,' releasing a No. 10 U.K. solo hit with 1984's "Love Kills" in the meantime. But when it finally appeared, 'Mr. Bad Guy' became a U.K. Top 10 hit as well, producing a single in "I Was Born to Love You" that also went to No. 11 overseas. 'Barcelona,' recorded in 1988 with Caballe, grew out of a song project Mercury undertook after Barcelona was selected to host the 1992 Summer Olympics. That initial Caballe duet eventually evolved into a full-length studio project. Since his sad passing, Mercury's solo debut has proven to be a treasure trove for posthumous Queen releases. Two tracks were later updated by Queen's remaining members for 1995's 'Made in Heaven.' A discarded collaboration with Michael Jackson from the 'Mr. Bad Guy' sessions ended up on 2014's 'Queen Forever,' as did the single "Love Kills."

The Day Freddie Mercury Died
Freddie Mercury was the face of Queen's wildly popular mixture of hard rock, pop, cabaret, glam and opera in the '70s, before becoming one the the AIDS virus' most well-known casualties in the '90s.

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