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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 21:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Deacon John was just a nickname for him, which the others decided to put on the album. Since he was relatively new to the band, he didn't object, but by the time the second album came out, he put his foot down to being called Deacon John.


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 21:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was a band joke. John was not amused.

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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 22:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also in "Queen II" he is called like that.

It was a bad joke, as my friend up here said.


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 22:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow!! I thought it said "Bad joke"!!

Jaja, my mistake.

I have a book written by Jacky Gunn that explains that thing. When i find it, i post that thing here.


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 22:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually Lucy, I think you'll find that he was called Deacon John by the record company as they said it sounded "cooler". By the time Queen II came around, he had put his foot down and used his real name, John Deacon.


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 22:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it was Freddies idea for a name change. I think I read it in As It Began.....I could be wrong though. And it was serious, It wasnt a Joke, but John was against it.


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 22:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I found the answer. It's in a Jacky Gunn book, and it says this:

"...Freddie and Roger came to the conclusion that the name of John sounded more interesting in backwards so, and even when he didn't liked it, he became Deacon John".

I hope this helps!

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PS: I'm sorry for my english, it's not very good :(


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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 23:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="whitesmoke">bambam wrote:

Fatty has an answer somewhere. Dig in the old threads.


I think I have that saved somewhere. Let me go digging! Here, found it.

Q. Why is John Deacon listed as Deacon John in the credits of Queen's first album?
A. In the early seventies it was advisible to have a clergyman appear on your record if you wanted to avoid being affiliated with satanic bands. Certain bands (Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Cilla Black) were all devil worshipers and as such found themselves banned from church halls or conservative council run venues.
Queen got around this by putting John through four years of theology at Leicester University. Not only could John play bass at concerts, he could carry out weddings, christenings and funerals if the need arose. Sadly John was excommunicated after an unfortunate incident involving a choir boy and a half bottle of communion wine. By the time Queen 2 came along he was back to plain old John Deacon.






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Posted: 01 Nov 04, 23:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've gotten pretty good at digging. That, and there's a site that's saved some of fatty's best work. :)

http://www.geocities.com/tofbra/humour/fatty.html


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Posted: 02 Nov 04, 12:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rael is right, I read this also in the book


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Posted: 02 Nov 04, 15:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A quote from Brian:

"We used to call him Deacon John, and it appeared like that on the first album, but after that, he objected to it and said he wanted to be called John Deacon. I don't really know why we called him Deacon John in the first place - just one of those silly things." (Tear-out Photo Book)


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Posted: 02 Nov 04, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gunpowder Gelatine wrote:

I think Deacon John was just a nickname for him, which the others decided to put on the album. Since he was relatively new to the band, he didn't object, but by the time the second album came out, he put his foot down to being called Deacon John.



Ya.. I read something like that in some book.


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