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Pays : England
Genre : Rock Progressif Symphonique
Dates : 1968
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Yes was formed in 1968 by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. Anderson had already recorded a single in 1964 as a member of The Warriors, a beat band formed by his brother, Tony, and later sang on a couple of 45s for Parlophone Records under the pseudonym Hans Christian. He was also briefly a member of the group Gun. Squire had been a member of The Syn, a flower-pop outfit who'd recorded a couple of singles for Deram Records (one, "14-Hour Technicolour Dream", celebrating the "happening" held at Alexandra Palace on April 29/30, 1967). Squire, after the breakup of The Syn, spent a year developing his bass-playing technique, strongly influenced by The Who's bassist, John Entwistle. Then, in May 1968, he met Anderson in a Soho nightclub, La Chasse, where Anderson was working. The two had a common interest in vocal harmony and began working together the following day.
The original lineup also included guitarist Peter Banks (who came up with the three letter name, with the rationale that it would stand out on posters), organist/pianist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford, who was to become one of the most acclaimed drummers of his time. Banks had worked with Squire before in The Syn while classically-trained Kaye had already been in a series of unsuccessful groups (Johnny Taylor's Star Combo, The Federals, and Jimmy Winston and His Reflections). Bruford was recruited from an ad he had placed in Melody Maker. A jazz aficionado, Bruford had played just three gigs with Blues revivalists Savoy Brown before leaving. A second guitarist, Clive Bailey, was also part of the early rehearsals but he left before Yes' first performance.
They played their first show at East Mersey Youth Camp in England on August 4, 1968. Soon after this, Yes opened for Cream at their 1968 Farewell Concert from Royal Albert Hall. Early on, the group earned a reputation for taking other people's songs and drastically changing them into expanded, p ...
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