Freddie Mercury, who was the lead singer and main songwriter of Queen, died aged 45 from an Aids-related condition in 1991. He would have turned 60 on 5 September 2006.
Freddie Mercury was one of the pop world's most glamorous figures with a reputation for lavish living and high-profile friends like Elton John.
He still provokes controversy - a planned 60th birthday celebration in his birthplace of Zanzibar brought criticism from local religious groups.
Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985 in front of over 70,000 people was voted the world's greatest rock gig in a music industry poll.
Mercury's duet with opera singer Monserrat Caballe was the theme to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Sadly, he died before they could perform together at the Olympics.
Although an iconic live performer, Queen worldwide album sales are estimated to have exceeded 150m.
During over 20 years of performing, Freddie was known almost as much for his flamboyant personal style as his music.
Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs runs from 8 September to 17 November at Proud Central, London.