Yes Biography

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YesYes is a progressive rock band that was formed in London sometime in 1968. The band was formed by vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The band first gained its big break when it played at the Speakeasy Club in London to fill in for another band.

Through this the band was later selected to open for the farewell concert of Cream at the Royal Albert Hall. This move later led to doing regular gigs at the London’s Marquee Club. They began to gain some popularity among local fans. By 1969, they opened for Janis Joplin on her concert at the Royal Albert Hall that year. Not long after, the band was signed by Atlantic Records.

1969 saw Yes releasing their self titled debut album. It already displayed what would become the trademark of the band’s sound- music with folk and classical influences that also contain high vocal harmonies and emphatic playing.

The band became a popular concert attraction in England. Their second album which was released in 1970 was accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. The band began to take the direction of a more progressive route into their music, using lengthy song structures alternating with long instrumental interludes, improvisations and interesting vocal harmonies.

The band came up with four successful albums during the first four years as a band. The next album Tales from Topographic Oceans took fans by surprise as it contained lengthy psychedelic medleys that were quite a departure from the style of the band. The album also started a rift between some of the band members who began to clash as to what direction the band should take.

The band also went though a series of lineup changes during their tenure as a band. Other albums were released, some enjoying critical and commercial success with some failing to do well. But the band went on to become one of the longest lasting of progressive bands during the 70’s. Through the years that it performed and released album after album, the band was able to survive and overcome several lineup changes that may have severely affected most bands.

The band broke up in April of 1981, with the band members going on with their own solo projects. But after a year and a half of it, the band members soon found themselves reforming and the band was even able to come up with a chart topping hit single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" which became number one in the US on January of 1984. After that, the band again became inactive. There were successive reformations of the band that followed but not sustained long enough for the band to revive their careers.

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