Freddie Mercury’s Childhood Home Declared Historical Site

Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury has made history once again.

The home in London's Feltham neighborhood where Mercury and his family moved from Zanzibar in 1964 has been given a Blue Plaque commemorating it as one of the city's historic sites. The unveiling took place on Thursday (September 1), attended by Mercury's sister Kashmira Cooke and Queen guitarist and co-founder Brian May.

Cooke told the BBC that when they arrived the house at 22 Gladstone Ave. had no central heating, so the family used coal fires. She said Mercury would spend time doing homework for his classes at the Ealing College of Art, where he met the other members of Queen, and listening to music -- Jimi Hendrix in particular.

"He spent hours in the bathroom grooming his hair," Cooke said. "At the time I wasn't best pleased, as there was only one bathroom."

She predicted that Mercury would "secretly" be proud of the historic designation.

Mercury died on November 24, 1991, at the age of 45 of complications from AIDS. A new compilation of his solo work, Messenger of the Gods: The Singles, comes out today (September 2).

Making Freddie Mercury's London Blue Plaque [with Queen footage]

To mark the 70th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's birth, English Heritage is giving him a Blue Plaque at his childhood home in London. Our blue plaques have been hand-crafted by skilled artisans Frank and Sue Ashworth at their home and studio in Cornwall since 1984.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.