Queen ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series Continues with ‘Behind The Hits – John Deacon’ (Watch)


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The latest episode of Queen: The Greatest, the English band‘s YouTube series exploring its vaunted history, focuses on the songwriting contributions of bass player John Deacon. It follows another recent episode that chronicled the specific contributions made by drummer Roger Taylor.

A news release notes that while much is made of the creative collective power of Queen, it can sometimes be forgotten which member wrote which of the band’s classic hits:

This week’s episode highlights five classic hits that all came from Queen’s phenomenal bass player, John Deacon, and his contribution to some of Queen’s most iconic moments – not least the instantly recognizable killer bass hook from the collaboration between Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure.”  

While John may not have written as many songs as his fellow band mates, he is nevertheless responsible for some of the band’s biggest hits, as the journey through them in this episode makes evident. 

It wasn’t until Queen’s third album, Sheer Heart Attack, that saw John first get in on the songwriting credits where his composition, “Misfire,” appeared. The band’s next album, 1975’s A Night At The Opera would see John get his first composition released as a single – one that would go on to sell over a million copies in the US alone – “You’re My Best Friend.” 

1977 saw the release of fan favorite, “Spread Your Wings.”

…then in 1980, Queen released “Another One Bites The Dust.”  

Here’s the Deacon spotlight:

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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