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Yes is a progressive British rock band from London, England. Formed in 1968, the group's first band includes singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Peter Banks, bassist Chris Squire, pianist-organist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford.
The group released their first two albums, Yes in 1969 and Time and a Word the following year, thanks to which they were acclaimed for their arrangements for performances of songs like Every Little Thing by the Beatles or I See You by Roger McGuinn and David Crosby. Then, after the departure of Peter Banks who will be replaced by Steve Howe, spell The Yes Album, with long pieces very structured and closer to the progressive that will make them known. In the early 1970s he became one of the leading exponents of progressive rock, with the albums Fragile (1971), Close to the Edge (1972) and Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), characterized by their long, classic songs. , as well as their covers designed by Roger Dean. During this period, the group consisted of singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Rick Wakeman and drummer Bill Bruford (replaced by Alan White in 1972). Wakeman left the group to be replaced after the tour Tales from Topographic Oceans by the Swiss Patrick Moraz and the album Relayer spell in 1974.
After the album Drama, which sees the arrival of duo members The Buggles Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes in replacement of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman and the controversial tour that follows, Yes separates in 1980. The band is reborn three years later later with Trevor Rabin on guitar and keyboards and Tony Kaye's return to piano and organ; Yes adopts a more pop rock sound. The album 90125 (1983) is an unprecedented commercial success for Yes, and the single Owner of a Lonely Heart becomes their first and only n> 1 in the United States. The story of the group from 1989, is marked by the existence of two competing formations: on the one hand that constituted around Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Tony Kaye and Alan White nicknamed Yes-West and based in the United States and the other Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, nicknamed Yes-East and based in England, bringing together former band musicians: Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe. The two bands merged to record the Union album in 1991. After Anderson's departure for health reasons in 2008, Chris Squire became the last original member of the group still present in his ranks until his death, the June 27, 2015.