The Hectics

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The Hectics
OriginPanchgani, Bombay, India
GenresVarious
Years active1958 (1958)–1962
Past members

The Hectics (1958–1962) were the first band of Freddie Mercury (then still Farrokh Bulsara). The other members of the band were Derrick Branche, Bruce Murray, Farang Irani and Victory Rana. The school-band was formed while all five were students at St. Peter's Boys School, an English boarding school in Panchgani, near Bombay (now Mumbai), India.[1] The band only played at school events and were not allowed to venture outside for bookings.[citation needed]

Derrick Branche (born in 1947, in Bombay, India) went on to appear in British films such as My Beautiful Laundrette and television shows such as Only When I Laugh as male nurse Gupta, The Comic Strip Presents... and Father Ted.[2][better source needed]

Bruce Murray currently runs The Music Centre[3] in Bedford, England. His step-son Guy Griffin plays with British rock Band The Quireboys.

Victory Rana was a general in the Nepali army and headed a peacekeeping force in Cyprus.[4] The late Farang Irani, the bass player, joined his family’s restaurant business and ran Bounty Sizzlers, a Pune restaurant.[5]

References

  1. Queen Online - History: Freddie Mercury
  2. Derrick Branche at IMDb
  3. The Music Centre
  4. "MAJOR-GENERAL VICTORY RANA APPOINTED FORCE COMMANDER OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING FORCE IN CYPRUS - Meetings Coverage and Press Releases". www.un.org. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  5. How Panchgani made a rock icon called Freddie Mercury


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