On September 5, 1946, the man who would become known as Freddie Mercury was born. Freddie Mercury once went by the name “Larry Lurex.”Before landing on the stage name Freddie Mercury, the singer performed under the moniker Larry Lurex. Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana once spent the night hanging out at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a legendary gay bar in South London. Freddie Mercury took his Scrabble seriously. In this photo composite Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson both perform on stage at the height of their fame.