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Genre : Rock Progressif Symphonique
Dates : 1944
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Jon Anderson (born October 25, 1944) is a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes. He is also an accomplished solo artist, and collaborated for a number of years with the Greek musician Vangelis, creating the duo "Jon & Vangelis".
He was born as John Roy Anderson in the town of Accrington, Lancashire, England, his parents being Albert and Kathleen Anderson. He was later to drop the "h" from his first name, as he had a dream where he was given the name "Jonathan". He attended St. John's Infants School in Accrington, and made a tentative start to his musical career at an early age by playing the washboard in "Little John's Skiffle Group", which played songs by Lonnie Donegan among others.
Anderson left school at the age of fifteen, and went through a series of jobs including working as a farm hand, a lorry driver, and a milkman.
In 1962, Anderson joined The Warriors (also known as The Electric Warriors), where he and his brother Tony shared the role of lead vocalist. He quit this band in 1967, released two solo singles in 1968 under the pseudonym Hans Christian Anderson, and then briefly sang for the bands The Gun and The Open Mind.
In the summer of 1968, Anderson met bassist Chris Squire and joined him a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which had previously included guitarist Peter Banks. Anderson fronted this band, but ended up leaving again before the summer was over. He remarks on his website that his time with the band consisted of "too many drugs, not enough fun!".
Anderson, Squire, and Banks went on to form Yes, with drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Their debut album was released in 1969. He stayed with the group until 1979. He rejoined a reformed Yes in 1983, and departed again in late 1988 over the band's continued pursuit of major commercial success and mainstream radio play. In 1989, Anderson and other former Yes members formed the group Anderson, Bruford ...
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