Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Somebody to Love”, “We Are the Champions”, “Bicycle Race”, “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, penning hits such as “I Was Born to Love You”, “Barcelona” and “Living on My Own”.
Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. To date, Wainwright has released 21 studio albums.
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