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Google marks Freddy Mercury's birthday with latest doodle

eitb.com

09/05/2011

The world's most popular search-engine has turned its logo into an animated video to the sounds of "Don't Stop Me Now!" by Queen's Freddy Mercury, who would have turned 65 on Monday.

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This Monday, September 5th, marks 65 years since the birth of former Queen frontman, Freddy Mercury, and search-engine Google has chosen to mark the occasion with style, with a new and innovative ‘doodle’ which turns its logo into a pop video.

To the sounds of Queen’s 1978 hit “Don’t Stop Me Now!” the ‘doodle’ offers a rundown of Freddy Mercury’s career with the help of a 16-bit videogame aesthetic in the style of Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive.

Freddy Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, Tanzania in 1946, died at the age of 45 on 24th November 1991, just one day after he went public with the news he was suffering from AIDS. The ex-vocalist of Queen continues to be one of music’s biggest icons, thanks not only to his powerful voice but to his legendary song-writing and extravagant musical style.

Google frequently celebrates significant dates and birthdays of famous people from the world of cinema, music and science.
This year so far, the search-engine has paid ‘doodle’ tributes to dancer Martha Graham; British illustrator Roger Hargreaves, and the founding father of the electric guitar, Les Paul. It has also created a doodle of a full lunar eclipse, as well as another based on the designs of Japanese artist Takeshi Murakami.


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