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Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dies Aged 65

Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Dies Aged 65 -

Yes guitarist Peter Banks has passed away at his London home, aged 65.

Banks, who founded the prog-rock outfit in 1968 along with Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, was originally a member of The Syn and also played briefly with Neat Change. However, he became a mainstay of the progressive rock sound after featuring on two albums with Yes, their self-titled debut release in 1969 and the follow-up record 'Time And A Word' in 1970.

It was announced on Banks's website that he had died on March 7th, and was found in his home after he failed to show up for a recording session.

A statement from fellow Yes band members said:

"We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is, and our thoughts, sincere condolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly."

After parting ways with Yes in 1970, Banks had a brief stint with a band called Blodwyn Pig and shortly after formed Flash in which he released three albums, 'Flash' (1972), 'Out Of Our Hands,' (1972) and 'In The Can' (1973).

Banks was also member of Empire and in the past decade he performed as part of psychedelic improve trio Harmony In Diversity  as well as with jazz-fusion outfit Self-Contained, witch also featured Spanish keys-man Gonzalo Carrera.

Banks also wrote, produced and recorded several solo albums in his time, beginning with 'Two Sides of Peter Banks' in 1973, which also featured Jan Akkerman and Phil Collins. All in all Banks released five solo albums in all.


Peter Banks (15 July 1947 - 7 March 2013)

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