Freddie Mercury (1946 – 1991) was a British-Indian singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his vocal abilities and flamboyant stage performances. He dressed in a range of extravagant costumes and was a supreme entertainer.
As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "We Are the Champions" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
In addition to his work with Queen, he also led a solo career and was occasionally a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists.
In his second solo album Barcelona (1988) he fused both opera and pop, causing a mixture of critical responses. However, it proved a great commercial success.