Posted by themusicsover on June 28, 2015
March 4, 1948 – June 28, 2015
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Chris Squire was a singer, songwriter, and co-founding bassist of the influential British progressive rock band, Yes. And to many, he was one of rock’s greatest bass players of all time. Born in a London suburb, Squire began his musical training as part of his church choir. Like so many teens in 1964, Squire heard the Beatles and knew that was what he wanted to do, so he picked up the bass and began learning how to use it. After perfecting his craft playing in a few bands around town for a couple of years, Squire was introduced to Jon Anderson. During the summer of 1968, and after recruiting Peter Banks, Bill Bruford, and Tony Kaye, Yes was born. Over the next four decades, the band went through several personnel changes and a couple of breaks, with Squire remaining the one and only constant throughout. They released twenty studio albums with nine reaching the Top 10 in either the US or UK and sold over 13 million in the US alone. Along the way they not only helped create the blueprint for prog rock, but helped refine it along the way. They were also very instrumental in expanding its fan base into the mainstream. In May of 2015, it was announced that Squire was suffering from and acute form of leukemia. Less than six weeks later, on June 28, 2015, Chris Squire died from it at the age of 67.
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Posted by themusicsover on August 15, 2010
DOB Unknown – August 15, 2010
Jon Bergen was a well-liked and respected music industry veteran who held sales and marketing positions at Mercury, Restless, Beyond, and Gold Circle Records, as well as BMG Distribution. Throughout his career, he worked closely with the likes of Blondie, Veruca Salt, Pat Benatar, and John Waite. After leaving the label side of the business, Bergen and partner, Bo Caldwell, formed Bender Music Group where they assisted artists and small labels in bringing their music to retail and marketing. Bender’s clients included Young MC, Richard Butler, Howard Hewitt, and Jon Anderson. Jon Bergen died as the result of a car accident on August 15, 2010. He was 37.
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Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2010
December 30, 1949 – May 17, 1999
Bruce Fairbairn was a Canadian trumpet player, but made a huge mark on popular music as a rock producer. Fairbairn hit his stride in the ’80s producing such albums as Loverboy’s Get Lucky, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Aerosmith’s Permanent Vacation, and later, Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, Aerosmith’s Pump, Poison’s Flesh and Blood, Van Halen’s Balance, AC/DC’s The Razor’s Edge Kiss’ Psycho Circus, and many more. It was while working on Yes’ Ladder, in May of 1999 that Jon Anderson discovered Bruce Fairbairn’s body in his home. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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