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30/04/2012 JON ANDERSON COMPY AND BIOGRAPHY

Date Published: 30-04-2012


Tomorrow I am speaking to Jon Anderson from Yes about his new tour, his albums with Rick Wakeman, and various other things. However, I found a rather nifty biography of him online, complete with a competition to win concert tickets:
In March 1968, Jon Anderson met bassist Chris Squire and joined him in a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which included guitarist Peter Banks.

Anderson, Squire, and Banks went on to form Yes, with drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Their eponymous debut album was released in 1969.

Amongst the line-up changes (Rick Wakeman would replace Kaye in 1971 and Alan White would replace Bruford in 1972) Jon stayed with the group until 1980, and this period is now known as the classic period of YES.

Jon was a major creative force and band leader throughout the period (describing himself as the 'team captain' and 'catalyst'; nicknamed by his band mates Napoleon for his diminutive stature and leadership of the band) and is recognized as the main instigator of the series of epics produced by Yes at the time.

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