I recently took a long flight across the Pacific Ocean, which afforded me the opportunity to watch too many movies. One if those was Bohemian Rhapsody, the rock biopic covering the British rock group Queen.

I’m embarrassed to say I did not know Freddie Mercury‘s background. I was unaware his parents were from of Persian descent, born in Zanzibar, and his parents moved the family to England when he was a late teen. Or that his birth name was Farrokh Bulsara.

Later photo of the band Queen
Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin

I didn’t know he was married at one point to Mary Austin. He clearly loved her because her have her half his estate upon his death in 1991.

The band Queen

Here’s a great rare interview with Freddie Mercury in 1982.