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YES began in England in 1968 from out of another group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which was formed in 1967. The lineup of Mabel Greer's Toyshop at that time was Peter Banks (guitar), Clive Bailey (guitar and vocals), Chris Squire (bass) and Bob Hagger (drums). Chris Squire was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • VH1 Classic was to sponsor a contest called "It's Your Move with Yes", the winner of which would be featured with Jon Anderson on VH1, but due to Jon's recent illness, the contest has been cancelled.

    • Yes cancelled their Summer 2008 tour due to vocalist Jon Anderson's recent respiratory illness.

    • Yes was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock.

    • Yes released Drama on August 18, 1980. To date, it is the only album that did not feature Jon Anderson on vocals.

    • In March of 1980, Rick Wakeman left Yes for the second time, and Jon Anderson left for the first time.

    • Rick Wakeman left Yes for the first time in June of 1974. Patrick Moraz joined the group to replace Rick in August that year to record Relayer.

    • For their seventh studio album, Yes recorded the tracks inside Chris Squire's house which is named "New Pipers". The album was called Relayer and was released on December 5, 1974.

    • Yes released their sixth studio album, Tales From Topographic Oceans on January 9, 1974. It is a double album with only four songs on it. Each song ranges from 18 to 22 minutes in length.

    • Yes recorded their fifth studio album, Close to the Edge, in June of 1972, but drummer Bill Bruford left the band on July 19. The album was released on September 13, 1972.

    • Yes recorded their fourth studio album, Fragile, in five weeks' time, from August-September 1971. Fragile was released on January 4, 1972.

    • Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman joined Yes in August of 1971, replacing Tony Kaye.

    • Yes began their first tour of North America on June 24, 1971, starting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and ending on July 24, in New Haven, Connecticut.

    • Yes replaced Peter Banks on guitar with Steve Howe before recording The Yes Album, which was released on March 19, 1971.

    • Yes celebrated their 35th Anniversary by touring and releasing a live concert DVD, Songs From Tsongas.

    • Yes briefly split up at the end of their Relayer tour in early 1975, during which time each member pursued solo projects. They got back together in time for 1977's Going For The One.

    • With Wakeman's entrance into Yes he brought with him two new sounds, those of the Mellotron and the Minimoog synthesizers.

    • Yes' second album, Time And A Word was released on July 25, 1970.

    • Yes achieved distinction in many ways, one of which is Jon Anderson's trademark high-register voice.

    • Yes was also noted for their epic songs which sometimes could exceed twenty minutes in length.

    • Peter Banks was NOT fired from Yes, but rather left to form another group, called Flash, in 1970, and was replaced by Steve Howe.

    • In 1970, Yes took a risk by recording their second album, Time And A Word, with a 30 piece symphony orchestra.

    • One of the trademark Yes sounds is the Jon Anderson-Chris Squire-Steve Howe vocal harmony.

    • Yes was known in the music community as a band of excellent musicians. Peter Banks was an immediate hit with the crowds and fans.

    • Yes' first album was self-titled and was released on July 25, 1969.

    • Yes played their first official gig on August 3, 1968 at East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex, England.

    • Yes drummer Bill Bruford came to be the most acclaimed drummer of his time.

    • The original Yes lineup of 1968 consisted of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Peter Banks, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford.

    • The founding members of Yes are Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. They, along with Steve Howe, are the core of all their music.

    • Yes uses many classical structures in their music, along with symphonic music which makes their music stand out.

    • Yes has gone through many band member changes and breakups and reunions, but their songs remain strong still after 35 years.

    • Yes is considered a progressive rock group.

  • Quotes

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    Yes is a true ledgend in music. Their music withstands the tesst of time. The band has a following that is dedicated and enthusiastic. Their talents are endless and their songs are classics that still get played today. A one of a kind band that will continue to be a ledgend in this time. Yes put out many songs that will forever be remembered in our heasds and hearts. Their songs were catching, long, and soulful. Their following will continue to buy their music that they don\'t already have and support thier favorite group. The light show that the band had when they were touring was another highlight to their tour.moreless