John Deacon … Breaking Free in 1951

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John Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is an English musician, best known as the bassist for the phenomenally successful rock band Queen. Of the four members of the band, he was the last to join and also the youngest, being only natural nineteen years old when he was recruited in February 1971.

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Deacon wrote a number of Queen’s many hit singles including You’re My Best Friend, I Want to Break Free, Back Chat, Spread Your Wings, and the band’s biggest selling single in the United States, Another One Bites the Dust, as well as a number of other album tracks. He also played electric and acoustic guitars on several albums and, to a lesser extent, keyboards, synthesizers, programming and drums. He very occasionally provided backing vocals during live shows. What a talented musician!

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Following the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert In 1992, Deacon only performed 2 more times with the remaining members of Queen, in a charity concert in 1993 and a one-off rendition of The Show Must Go On in 1997 with Mercury’s friend Elton John. He played bass guitar on the final Queen song, No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young) – released that year on the Queen Rocks compilation – after which he retired from the music industry.

5 responses to “John Deacon … Breaking Free in 1951

  1. Interesting. He was indeed a great musician. Since I have become an ‘oldie’ attending concerts performed by oldies – many even older than me, I’ve realised just how great musicians they actually are; something we never really stopped to appreciate at the time of their heydays. We were too busy enjoying ourselves to think much about the actual musicianship of those on the stage as we danced around our handbags and eyed the lads (the girls did I mean lol). I think I appreciate them a lot more now that I’m listening rather than eyeing the lads 🙂

  2. I saw John Deacon playing with Queen at the last concert they gave with Freddie Mercury fronting the band – Knebworth, August 1986. Unforgettable.

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