31 July 1976 – ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen peaked at #16 on the USA charts 🇺🇸
This enduring, heartfelt song was written by John Deacon for his lovely wife Veronica Tetzlaff and it remains one of Queens best-selling singles of all time.
This song was actually written using an electric piano, a Wurlitzer, and when John was wanting to incorporate the instrument with his lyrics. Freddie, did not want to play it, he said, “I refuse to play that damn thing. Why play that horrible, tiny thing when you have a lovely superb piano.”
“Well, Freddie didn’t like the electric piano, so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out, you know, when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that, you know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on.”
- (John Deacon 1977, BBC Radio One)
“John didn’t write that many songs but when he did – as with ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and ‘I Want To Break Free’ – they were big, big hits. ‘You’re My Best Friend’ became one of the most-played tracks on American radio. John was a dark horse, generally the quiet guy in Queen. We would ask him sometimes, ‘Have you got anything, John?’ and he was very self-effacing about what he had written. ‘You’re My Best Friend’ was about his lovely lady wife.” ~ Brian May
“You’re My Best Friend” is such a cool song, obviously with a complex bass line. John Deacon wrote it about his wife Veronica. Looking back on it, here’s a guy, very understated, writes a song about his wife and it turns out to be one of Queen’s biggest singles ever. And, then after Freddie’s death, he decides not to continue with Brian and Roger and leaves the business, it’s too much. He chooses to stay home with his best friend, his wife. So, in a way, that song sums up who John Deacon is…” ♥️
(David Ellefson, Bassist for Megadeath)
I really love the last quote and it’s absolutely true!