New Delhi Google honoured Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest rock stars of all times, with a music video doodle on its home page. The doodle on hitting the play button plays an animated music video set to Don't Stop Me Now, one of Queen's biggest hits that was written and sung by Freddie Mercury.
Freddie Mercury, a Parsi by birth, was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar (now a part of Tanzania) and grew up in India. His parents hailed from Bulsar in Gujarat. Mercury formed his first band The Hectics while studying at St Peter's School, Panchgani.
When he turned 17 his family moved to England, when upon completing his graduation he did some odd jobs and joined a few bands.
Mercury, along with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, in April 1970 formed Queen. Mercury had, around that time, also changed his name from Farrokh Bulsara to Freddie Mercury.
He was the songwriter and lead vocalist for most of Queen's hit numbers and both his and the band's popularity soared. Mercury was also known for his energetic live performances.
Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991.
The Freddie Mercury doodle is Google's second ever video doodle. The first video that Google put up in place of its logo on its home page was on the occasion of Charlie Chaplin's 122nd birthday. The Google home page had featured a YouTube video starring members of Google Doodle team enacting a Google-themed Chaplinesque scene.
For John Lenon's 70th birthday Google put up a doodle that played a 32 second of Imagine, considered to be Lennon's most popular song. The Google doodle had first gone interactive in May 2010 to celebrate the 30th birthday of the popular Pac-Man game.