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Interview With Ryan Sparkes - Classic Rock Revisited:
Ryan: How did you come to acquire the nickname of The Deacon? Who gave you that?
Steve: That’s easy. That was a joke. Bob Ezrin called me up one time… now Bob and I had worked together on a couple of things and then there was a lapse of maybe about nine months or so where we hadn’t talked to each other. He was off doing other things and so was I. He called me up one day to do an album, I forget whose it was, but he called me up and he goes “I haven’t seen you in you in nine months, you’re not drinking or doing drugs are you?” He was just kind of messing with me you know? I said,“Nope, I’m still the Deacon of rock ‘n roll”. I said it as a joke and he thought it was hilarious. So when I went into that session that’s how he introduced me to everybody. It just stuck. I used to bless the sessions and stuff like that, it just got really silly. I did a Dr. John album back in the 70’s and that’s all he called me was The Deacon. He didn’t call me anything else. It was a joke and I liked it, so I kept it. I use it as the name of my publishing company Deacon Songs, so I use it a lot.
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Photo Of Steve And Dick By Cari Lutz
Steve worked alongside the late Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed) from 1973 to 1978.
"The really strange thing about the two of us was that we had similar backgrounds and influences, and yet we always thought opposite of each other. For example, I would play in one position, and Dick would just automatically go to another position without us having to talk about it. That made it really easy to work together. With other guitar players, I’d always have to work those things out. But I never had to do that with Wagner". steve hunter 2014