Original singer-songwriter of English rock group Yes, Jon Anderson turns 69 today (Friday October 25th)!
Anderson first joined his brother on the microphone in 1962 in The Warriors by sharing the role as lead vocalist. Since then for 50+years he has been singing as a solo performer, a guest for bands such as King Crimson, Toto, and countless others, but most importantly for rock history, he was the founder and singer of progressive legends Yes!
Anderson was the major creative force for Yes. His band mates nicknamed him Napoleon for his leadership in the group, which Anderson thought he was a ‘team captain’. During their 10 years together between 1969-1979, Yes released 11 critically acclaimed albums (including one live album Yessongs and one early compilation Yesterdays). Anderson left and Yes broke up in 1981. Anderson came back in 1983 and Yes produced their most commercially successful album 90125 with the hits “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Leave It.”
In 2004, Yes toured for their 35th anniversary and then took a hiatus from 2004-2008. In 2008, after an illness that kept him off the road, Anderson had been replaced by a Yes tribute band singer without him knowing about it. But that won’t stop Anderson, he’s still on tour in the US and Canada doing intimate acoustic evenings. During his solo acoustic shows he includes plenty of classic Yes songs as well as his own eclectic work.