Google Doodle Celebrates Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday
By Daniel Ionescu
Google pays tribute to Freddie Mercury with a doodle that celebrates the British rock singer’s 65th birthday. Google honors the late Mercury with a quirky combo doodle and animation, the second longest Google doodle of its kind, that can be viewed around the world on September 5 on Google’s home page. For U.S. Google users, the doodle will be featured on the Google search engine a day later, due to Labor Day observation (which is commemorated on the Google home page in the U.S. today).
The 98-second doodle took about three months to put together and uses the song “Don’t Stop Me Now,” which Mercury wrote in 1978 and is one of Queen’s top ten hits of all time. The tribute animation shows the rock singer, who died in 1991 from AIDS, performing and navigating through a fantasy world inspired by lyrics of Queen songs.
The Freddie Mercury tribute Google Doodle is the second longest from the search company so far, second only to a two-minute tribute to Charlie Chaplin (note both Mercury and Chaplin rocked legendary mustaches). Watch the whole Google Doodle for Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday below:
Google also published on its official blog a tribute post from Brian May, guitarist, songwriter and a founding member of Queen. May is best known for writing many of the British rock band’s hits, including “We Will Rock You,” “The Show Must Go On” and “I Want It All.”
May wrote: “Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.”