3. Freddie Mercury
Born Farrokh Bulsara on 5 September 1946, in Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents, Freddie Mercury would make a name for himself with his highly theatrical style, flamboyant stage persona, and four-octave vocal range. Along with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, he would form Queen in 1970 and spend the next two decades releasing hit after hit.
Despite numerous questions about Mercury’s lifestyle and sexuality, he never publicly admitted he was gay. Sadly, that lifestyle would catch up with him as he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, but he would never publicly talk about this. It was only confirmed the day before his death on 24 November 1991 that he had contracted the disease. At just age 45, the world would lose a man regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music.