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John Deacon, also known as John Richard Deacon, is an English retired musician who was a former bass player of the British rock band 'Queen.'
Friends and band members referred to him as 'Deacs' or 'Deacy.' He especially liked soul music.
John Deacon contributed to 'Queen's' studio work by playing bass guitar, keyboards, and piano. John Deacon was a part of the band's financial management. John Deacon only rarely played with the remaining members of 'Queen' after the death of lead vocalist Freddie Mercury in 1991 and the Tribute Concert the following year. John Deacon left the music business in 1997 after releasing 'No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young).' The two surviving members, Brian May and Roger Taylor have put together various projects, but he hasn't played on any of them.
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The net worth of John Deacon is $170 million as of 2022.
Details about the annual earnings of John Deacon are not available.
John Deacon is 5 ft 11 in (155 cm) tall.
His birth was on August 19, 1951, and he is 70 years old as of 2022.
John Deacon was brought up in Oadby, Leicestershire, where he also played bass in the local band, The Opposition. Later he joined Chelsea College, London, to study electronics. John Deacon attended Linden Junior School in Leicester and graduated from Gartree High School.
The couple Arthur Henry and Lilian Molly Deacon (née Perkins) welcomed John Richard Deacon into the world at St Francis Private Hospital in London Road, Leicester. Norwich Union Insurance employed his father, and in 1960, the family relocated to Oadby, a college town.
John Deacon developed an interest in electronics at a young age. He read periodicals about the field and built little gadgets, such as a reel-to-reel tape player that he modified to record music straight from the radio. At Beauchamp Grammar School in Oadby, where he excelled in his studies, he earned 8 GCE O level and 3 A level passes, all with grades of A.
John Deacon married Veronica Tetzlaff on January 18, 1975, and they currently reside in Putney, a neighborhood in southwest London. He is the father of six kids.
It was in 1970 that Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and Brian May formed 'Queen.' In 1971, John Deacon joined the British band 'Queen' on the strength of his musical and electronic skills, specifically the homemade 'Deacy Amp,' an electronic guitar amplifier that guitarist Brian May used to build guitar orchestras; throughout his career with 'Queen.'
At least one song was written for each album, starting with the third, 'Sheer Heart Attack,' and several of them went on to become hits.
John Deacon used a rhythm guitar brought at a price that he had borrowed from the band's founder, Richard Young. The original bassist was sacked the following year for not developing his playing as much as the other members, so he changed to bass.
John Deacon was a devoted musician and the group's archivist, and he collected newspaper clippings of everything from 'The Opposition' advertisements to press releases. Deacon played his last show with the band (then known as The Art) in August 1969, four years after joining. He saw Deep Purple perform the Concerto for Group and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in September, having grown to love the band.
John Deacon is frequently referred to as the band's 'silent' member. He avoided conflict even though the other members of the band thought he was the ideal bassist for them and hardly talked during practice.
After performing live with 'Queen' three more times at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness on April 20, 1992, in a charity concert with Roger Taylor at Cowdray House in Midhurst on September 18, 1993, and at the opening of the Bejart Ballet in Paris on January 17, 1997, where he sang lead vocals on only 'The Show Must Go On' he decided to leave the music industry.
John Deacon made a brief comeback by reuniting with his former bandmates in October 1997.
John Deacon has avoided the spotlight ever since he retired. He made the decision not to attend 'Queen's' 2001 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He also opted out of the Paul Rodgers collaboration, where Danny Miranda took his place on bass.
Although May and Rodgers shared bass responsibilities on the 'Queen' and Paul Rodgers collaborative album 'The Cosmos Rocks,' Deacon was credited in the CD's liner notes. Since then, Brian May has stated that Deacon is still active in 'Queen's' commercial operations but prefers to remain anonymous. May said that Deacon had given his blessing for the band's movie Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Joseph Mazzello portrayed him.
John Deacon wrote several songs for the band, 'Queen' including the top hits 'Another One Bites The Dust,' 'You're My Best Friend,' and 'I Want To Break Free.' He also contributed to the writing of 'Under Pressure,' 'Friends Will Be Friends', and 'One Vision.'
Instead of using a plectrum, Deacon typically played the bass with his fingers. He cited Chic, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder as his influences. His favorite bassists were John Entwistle of the English band 'The Who' and Chris Squire of the progressive rock band 'Yes.'
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