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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury From Google Doodle

To celebrate what would have been the 65th birthday of Queen singer Freddie Mercury, Google has posted a live-action doodle set to the band’s 1978 hit ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’ On the search engine’s homepage, Google replaced its official logo with images of Mercury. While Mercury’s birthday was actually September 5, Google held the doodle in the US until today, so it wouldn’t conflict with Labor Day.

When users press the play in the middle of the doodle, a 98-second YouTube video pays tribute to the singer, who died in 1991 from AIDS-related bronchopnemonia. The video features a glittering Google logo behind Mercury and his Queen bandmates onstage.

The singer then becomes a shooting star leaping through the skies, and then lands in an old-fashioned video game. He then rides a tiger, drives a car and mans a spaceship. Mercury then returns to the stage for one last encore of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’

Jennifer Hom, who works on the Google Doodles, told NBC that the Doodle team spent about three months working on the Mercury tribute. They studied his old albums and video before deciding on ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’ They picked the song because it was a top-10 hit for Queen, and it was written by Mercury. It was also the first Queen song to be released on cassette tape.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Freddie Mercury was a hero to the music world. More Google Doodles at http://www.goologos.com

  2. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Freddie Mercury was a hero to the music world. More Google Doodles at http://www.goologos.com

  3. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Freddie Mercury was a hero to the music world. More Google Doodles at http://www.goologos.com

  4. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Freddie Mercury was a hero to the music world. More Google Doodles at http://www.goologos.com

  5. Anonymous

    September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Freddie Mercury was a hero to the music world. More Google Doodles at http://www.goologos.com

  6. Grace

    September 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Freddie Mercury was perfection.

  7. Kristopher Hurst

    September 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    hi

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