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Founding WAR Members

TO DEACON JONES:

Thanks for Making Us Famous!

6/5/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0604-deacon-jones-getty-musicDeacon Jones wasn't just a QB killa ... he's also responsible for bringing WAR to the world ... this according to two of the legendary band's founding members. 

Back before WAR took over the music scene, some of the guys performed in a band called Nightshift ... which played backup for Deacon during his singing gigs. (Deacon was a hell of an R&B singer).

In fact, Nightshift was reportedly "discovered" by a major record producer while backing up Deacon during a gig in 1969 ... and they soon became WAR.

Also, Deacon famously sang on the studio recording of "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

Now, two of the original members of WAR -- Harold Brown and Howard Scott -- tell TMZ they're eternally grateful for everything Deacon did for their careers.

"Were it not for Deacon's interest, we may not have become world-famous musicians as members of WAR," the guys told TMZ in a joint statement.

Brown and Scott also tell us they plan to dedicate an entire concert to their "friend and mentor" at their July 27 show in Chicago.

Deacon passed away on Monday night at his home in California. He was 74.

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Tracey    

Omg really your going to take away him passing wow

401 days ago
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TheMemoriumLLC    

You were an amazing player. Rest in peace, Deacon Jones. Made an online memorial in your honor: http://www.thememorium.com/Memorials/DeaconJones

401 days ago
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ratched    

LOVED his music! RIP Deacon.

401 days ago
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nika123    

Deacon jones also have a street named after him in eatonville fl that i have been staying on all my like "Deacon Jones blvd"

401 days ago

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