b. Farrokh Bulsara, 5 September 1946, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, d. 24 November 1991, London, England. Best known as the flamboyant lead singer of the multi-million selling UK rock band Queen, Mercury also branched out into extra-curricular musical activities. In 1973, while Queen was about to release its debut album, Mercury recorded a revival of the Beach Boys ’ ‘I Can Hear Music’ under the glam rock name Larry Lurex. It was not until late 1984 that he again attempted a solo work, this time with the UK Top 20 hit ‘Love Kills’, from the new Giorgio Moroder soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. A second solo single, ‘I Was Born To Love You’, reached the UK Top 20 early the next year. A solo album and some lowly-placed solo singles followed.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.