How a polite African schoolboy became Pop’s most outrageous frontman


28 August 2016 by Patrick Lion

Unseen pictures show a young Freddie Mercury – teeth and all – as music world marks icon’s 70th birthday
New pics reveal childhood photos of Queen front man Freddie Mercury
The late singer is shown with his mother as a baby and with a trophy
In another photo, Mercury lounges on a park bench in his youthful years

He wasn’t Freddie Mercury, rock star, back then. There was no Queen. No packed Wembley Stadium. No adoring fans. And no tragic death at the hands of AIDS. He was Farrokh Bulsara when he was born in Zanzibar in 1946 before going to a boarding school in India when he was eight.

Now new pictures have shown the Queen front man as you’ve never seen him before from his early life growing up with his loving family. The pictures are among a series of photographs, some never released, to be included in a vinyl box set of Queen hits to celebrate the band, The Mirror reported. They include a shot of Freddie as a baby with his mother Jer Bulsara in Zanzibar during his his early years.

Another photo shows him sitting in front of a trophy in a smart blazer, looking a long way away from the flamboyant rock star known for his exotic dress sense. The cup for was for ‘Best Achiever’ at his boarding school, St Peter’s in Panchgani, India, the paper reported.

In 2012, his mother Jer Bulsara revealed from her Nottingham, UK, home a different person to the bisexual, wild-living performer on stage during Mercury younger years.

Freddie kept a strict division between his work and his home all his life,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. ‘If I ever asked he would say, ‘Mum that is business, and this is family.’ He was kind and very respectful both to myself and his father.’

The photos also show the singer with his Queen band mates on tour.

Mercury died aged 45 in 1991 of AIDS-related pneumonia. His 70th birthday would have been next month.

The members of Queen. They were one of the biggest bands in the world during the 1980s


Freddie and Mary
Mercury and Mary Austin at Queen party at London Roof Gardens in July 1986


Freddie in Nagoya
Mercury enjoying the scenery at the Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Japan, April 22, 1975


Freddie onstage
Mercury onstage with his Queen band mates was known for his flamboyant stage craft


Flamboyant Freddie
Mercury performs at Madison Square Garden on July 27, 1983 in New York City


Freddie - Live Aid
Mercury of Queen performs on stage at Live Aid on July 13, 1985 at Wembley Stadium, London