In 1970, while he was still studying, the members of Queen – Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May – saw the bassist playing.
They were not massively impressed at first, according to Record Collector magazine, but a year later John and Roger met officially and he auditioned to join Queen, which was successful.
While John was quieter than the rest of the band members, he was also a songwriter, who co-wrote You’re My Best Friend and wrote Another One Bites the Dust, which became big hits for the band.
According to Georg Purvis’ Queen: Complete Works, John and Freddie wanted to change the band’s direction in the 1980s, and began working more closely together.
Purvis also suggested there were tensions during the recording of 1982 album Hot Space, with John not wanting his soul-influenced music style to be hampered by Brian’s guitar solos.