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John Richard Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is an English musician, best known as the bass guitarist of the rock band Queen. There was a controversy caused by him supposedly having hidden satanic messages in the song "Another One Bites the Dust". No comment was made by the bass guitarist who was accused of including the messages when writing the song.

John Deacon
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Deacon performing in 1979.
Background information
Birth nameJohn Richard Deacon
Born (1951-08-19) 19 August 1951 (age 68)
Oadby, Leicestershire, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1965–1997 (due to retirement)
Associated actsQueen

He lives in Putney in Southwest London with his wife Veronica Tetzlaff. They were married on 18 January 1975. He is the father of six children.[1]


  1. "Legacy of music legends: Why Queen will still rock you". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2016.