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Rockstars and Cats, Vol. 1: Freddie Mercury

Ok you guys, this was going to be a more meaningful post (or at least more varied), but I rescinded all other ideas I had for Freddie Mercury’s birthday post once I found out how much of a crazy cat lady he was.

As a result, here is a tribute to Freddie and his cats. Sorrynotsorry!:

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“Mercury loved his cats, so much so that while on tour he would periodically call home to talk to them. His one-time girlfriend and long-time close friend Mary Austin would hold the cats up to the phone so they could listen to him speak. He also had portraits painted of them.” [Clash Music]

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Please also note these excellent facts:

His solo album Mr. Bad Guy was dedicated “To my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else.”

“Delilah” from the Queen album Innuendo is about his favorite cat, and these are actual lyrics from the song:

Delilah, Delilah, oh my, oh my, oh my – you’re unpredictable
You make me so very happy
When you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me
And then you make me slightly mad
When you pee all over my Chippendale Suite

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And finally, I know this video is bittersweet because it’s Freddie’s last, but I want to share it because THAT VEST (side note: are John and Brian BOTH wearing bolo ties?). According to this lovely website, Freddie is wearing a vest—er, waistcoat, as they call it—that was made specifically for him, with all of his cats painted on it. The Freddie Mercury Cat Fact to end all Freddie Mercury Cat Facts.

Happy birthday, Freddie! My love for you can only grow from here.

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