A “We Will Rock You” happy birthday to “Deacy” from all of us here at KnuckleBonz. John Deacon of QUEEN turns 70.
John’s interest in music was growing at an incredibly early age and he took the decision to learn how to play the guitar. He was soon well practiced enough to form his first band, The Opposition.
Over the next few years, The Opposition went through numerous line-up changes and played many gigs. The Opposition’s bassist left the band, it fell to John to fill the gap. John was now playing the bass.
In October of 1970, John went to see a performance by a new band called Queen. Several months later, in early 1971, John again encountered Queen, when he was introduced to Brian May and Roger Taylor. Queen had just lost their seventh bass player and they asked John if he was interested in auditioning. Days later John found himself at a lecture hall at Imperial College where the band was rehearsing. Not long after, on 1 March 1971, John Richard Deacon became the fourth and final member of Queen.
John’s image as ‘the quiet one” began to evolve on the band’s third album, Sheer Heart Attack. His first song first composition for Queen appeared, with the rather catchy Misfire. John’s writing skills flourished in the recording sessions which followed. He would go on to compose some of Queen’s biggest and most popular hits including You’re My Best Friend, I Want To Break Free’ and Another One Bites the Dust, propelling Queen’s career to new heights.
Today John lives a life retired from Queen but still takes an interest in the continuance of the legacy of the band, and remains in contact with former bandmates, Roger Taylor and Brian May.