Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender

“The Great Pretender” is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single on November 3, 1955. The song was repopularized in 1987 by Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Mercury’s version reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. Mercury’s music video for the song became one of the most well-known of his career. It featured Mercury in many of his Queen guises through video medium over the years, including visual re-takes of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “It’s a Hard Life”, “I Want to Break Free”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “I Was Born to Love You”. It was directed by David Mallet in February 1987, and also featured fellow Queen member Roger Taylor and actor Peter Straker in drag. Mercury had shaved off his moustache, which had been his trademark feature since 1980.

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