Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 18th February!
On the 18th February 1990, singer Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance. With his band Queen, he collected the „Brit Award“ in the category for „Outstanding Contribution to Music“. The ceremony took place at the Dominion Theatre in London (UK). You can watch this historic moment here:
Freddie died only 21 months later – on the 24th November 1991. The most charismatic frontman of all time passed away at the age of 45 years. Just the day before, the Queen singer admitted he was HIV positive.
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Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 24th November!
Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991)
On the 24th November 1991 the Rock world lost one of the greatest and charismatic frontman of all time: Queen singer Freddie Merucry passed away at the age of only 45. Just the day before, Freddie admitted he was HIV positive. Merucry died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS.
Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th March!
On the 12th March 1955, Jazz saxophonist Charles „Charlie“ Parker died of a heart attack at the age of 34 years. Charlie, also nicknamed „Bird“ or „Yardbird“, was a leading force in the development of Bebop and became also an icon of the „Beat Generation“.
Born on the 29th August 1920 in Kansas City, little Charlie began playing saxophone at the age of 11. In the following years he developed his own style by practing up to 15 hours a day. Parker played with local Jazz bands in Kansas and in 1938 he joined pianist Jay McShann’s territory band. One year later he moved to New York City and in 1942 he started to play with Earl Hines, whose band also featured Dizzy Gillespie. Charlie Parker also jammed with young groups at the Clark Monroe’s Uptown House and Minton’s Playhouse. During that period he also crossed paths with pianist Thelonious Monk, guitarist Charlie Christian and drummer Kenny Clarke.
Charlie Parker became very soon an additc to heroin and he used the drug throughout his life. This caused always troubles for „Bird“ and he missed gigs and lost work regularly. On the 12th March 1955, Parker died in New York City in a suite at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City. The official causes were lobar pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a heart attack. He also had an advanced case of cirrhosis. The coroner estimated Parker’s 34 years old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age.