Deacon had several side projects during the ’80s and retired in the company after Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury’s passing.
John Richard Deacon was created on August 19, 1951, in Leicester, England. As a kid, he acquired a passion for electronic equipment while at the same time taking up music, heaving determined by the Beatles. He began playing guitar together with the group the Opposition when he was 14, and eventually changed to bass guitar, using the group so becoming The New Opposition.
From the late 1960s, Deacon had registered in the University of London, Chelsea College, to continue his electronic equipment studies while still leaving room for music. In the autumn of 1970, he saw a group called Queen perform, but was not transferred.
Months after, Deacon met the group’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and was encouraged to audition for the position of bassist. Deacon got the job, and so, with virtuosic vocalist Freddie Mercury already in the helm, the Queen lineup that will survive for 2 decades was born.
The group carried to become among the greatest musical acts on the planet, known for advanced musical fusions and theatrical, bombastic shows. Deacon was known for being the most silent, introverted group member.
All of Queen’s four members were songwriters and brought to the group’s rule. Deacon had a hit with all the tune he composed—the cheery, warm “You Are My Best Friend”—from the seminal album A Night at the Opera.
He also had R&B/soul leanings and discovered his sonic way out in the huge funk/disco hit, “Another One Bites the Dust,” from 1980’s The Game.
Deacon had another hit from the 1984 album The Works using the rebellious single he composed, “I Want to Break Free.” (The track was accompanied with an enjoyable video of the group in numerous kinds of national drag.)
From the mid-1980s, Deacon had began to play with other groups at the same time. Deacon additionally worked with Elton John and was part of the soundtrack to the movie Biggles: Adventures in Time (1988).
The world lost Freddie Mercury to AIDS in 1991, and Queen’s remaining members performed a memorial/fundraising concert at Wembley Stadium the next year using a range of guest musicians. Deacon also played bass guitar on incomplete tracks from Mercury that made up the 1995 posthumous record Made in Heaven. And in 1997, Deacon reunited together with his bandmates and Elton John to get a performance of “The Show Must Go On” in the premier of Maurice Bjart’s “Ballet for Life.”
Deacon elected to retire and leave the public limelight, with May and Taylor continuing to perform as Queen and set forth new productions. Deacon has resided near London together with his own wife and many kids.
Freddie Mercury – Video courtesy of Simon & Schuster 2012.