I woke up this morning and noticed that Google is celebrating Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday, one of the greatest rock starts of all times and a brilliant songwriter. Google honored Freddie with an amazing music video doodle on its home page.
The doodle has a play button, which when clicked plays an animated music video “Don’t Stop Me Now”, one of Queen’s biggest hits that was written and sung by Freddie Mercury. This is the second video doodle that Google has ever put up on its home page. The first video doodle was on the occasion of Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday.
“It has a lot of fun, goofy stuff to celebrate what an incredible song writer, fashion icon, and musical innovator he was,” doodle team creative lead Ryan Germick told AFP during a visit to their base at Google’s headquarters in the California city of Mountain View.
“Freddy Mercury was an awesome performer, an ambitious creator and pioneered really audacious concept records,” Germick said. “We just love him; we’ve been blasting Queen for the last couple of months and it is always joyful.”
Freddie Mercury was born on 5 September 1946 in Zanzibar, and grew up in India until his mid-teens. His parents hailed from Bulsar in Gujarat. Mercury formed his first band The Hectics while studying at St Peter’s School, Panchgani. Freddie later formed a rock band named Queenalong with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in April 1970. Freddie was a great musician, singer, songwriter and the lead vocalist of the band.
On November 24th, 1991 Freddie died peacefully at his home in London of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia.
If the doodle isn’t showing up on the Google search page in your region yet, you can see it here. Clicking on the doodle will bring up this video:
This song is one of my favorite songs by Queen: