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Overview (3)

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Birth NameJohn Richard Deacon
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Deacon was born on August 19, 1951 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as John Richard Deacon. He has been married to Veronica Tetzlaff since January 18, 1975. They have six children.

Spouse (1)

Veronica Tetzlaff (18 January 1975 - present) (6 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Bass guitar [Fender]
Invented a curious movement: he followed the rhythm kicking quickly on the floor while his body kept the beat leaning forwards

Trivia (17)

Bass player in rock band Queen.
Was credited as "Deacon John" on Queen's first self-titled album. He hated this and got it changed to "John Deacon" for the next album onwards.
Wrote the Number One smash hit song, "Another One Bites the Dust."
John and his wife Veronica have six children : Michael, Robert, Laura, Joshua, Luke and Cameron.
Deacon has an electronics degreee from Chelsea College - London University.
His parents are Arthur Henry and Lilian Deacon.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 (as a member of Queen).
He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
Graduated with a First in Electronic Engineering from Chelsea College, University of London. Used knowledge to fix Queen's sound equipment in the early days.
Last appeared on stage on the 17th of September, 1997, at the Theatre National De Chaillot, in Paris. There, with Roger Taylor and Brian May, performed "The Show Must Go On" (with Elton John singing) to close the Bejart Ballet's Opening Night Gala performance of "Le Presbytere N'a Rein Perdu De Son Charme Ni Le Jardin De Son Eclat." So far, this is the last time the surviving members of Queen have performed together.
His other main instrument was the double bass, which he played on Brian May's 1975 song '39. Brian had asked John to play upright bass as a joke. A couple of days later, however, May found Deacon in the studio with a double bass that Deacon had already learned to play. He also played the double bass on a music video for the song, "Who Wants to Live Forever?".
Was in charge of the bands finances.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, along with fellow Queen members Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor.
Queen was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6356 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Is the only Queen member not to sing lead vocals on any Queen track.
Wrote the Queen Song "You're My Best Friend" in tribute to his wife Veronica.
Has written to Roger Taylor and Brian May saying that he supports anything they chose to do as "Queen," but has chosen to effectively retire from the music business. [September 2004]

Personal Quotes (2)

"I probably was the only person in the band who could get a look from the outside, because I was the last to join in. I always knew that Queen had something, but I wasn't very convinced. Maybe until "Sheer Heart Attack" album".
We tour for our own satisfaction and for the status of the band. It's a long term investment.

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