My history hero: Aled Jones chooses Freddie Mercury (1946–91)

Chosen by singer and broadcaster Aled Jones. “The songs he wrote were iconic and will live forever, just like the Beatles’. He was one of the greatest live performers – the sparks seemed to fly out of him,” says Jones

Freddie Mercury – born Farrokh Bulsara – on stage at Brondby Hallen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns/Getty Images)

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