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Mick Mars

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Robert Alan Deal was born May 4th, 1951 to parents Tina and Frank Deal. The second of five children, Robert was born in Huntington, Indiana where he would spend the earlier part of his childhood years. The journey from Robert Alan Deal to Mick Mars was a long one fueled by the determination of a man who just wanted to play.

It began one Christmas morning when Mick was 6 years old. His parents had given him a guitar. It had Mickey Mouse ears on the top and a crank that played Mousketeer songs when he turned it. Mick was by no means into “mousketeer material” so he tightened the guitar strings until it made a sound that was music to his ears. At just 6 years old, a musical genius was in the making.

Sundance, an older friend of Mick’s from the neighborhood, gave him lessons. The first song he would learn to play on Sundance’s guitar was “My Dog Has Fleas”.

A few years later, after the birth of Mick’s sister, Susan, The Deal family moved to Garden Grove California. Frank worked at Menasha Container, the company that made cardboard boxes for Fender, while Tina ironed shirts on the weekends for extra money. Frank later found religion and became a Baptist Minister.

At 14, Mick joined his first band, The Jades. The Jades were a Beatles cover band in which Mick played the bass before replacing the guitarist. School was of no interest to Mick. When he attended, he was often in trouble for making music his priority instead of his schoolwork. Music was his life now and school had no place in it, so he dropped out.

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