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Jag kommer att tänka på denna anekdot när jag hör att Yes förste gitarrist Peter Banks gått bort. Dödsbuden duggar tätt nu för tiden.
Pete Banks spelade på Yes första album ”Yes” och ”Time and a word”, och han gjorde det bra. Han blev 65 år gammal.
Yes guitarist Peter Banks dies at 65. Banks has been described s one of "architects of progressive music".
Peter Banks, the original guitarist of British progressive rock band Yes, has died aged 65. He played on two albums with the group before pursuing his own band Flash and a solo career which included a guest spot on Lionel Richie's hit "Hello". Prog magazine editor Jerry Ewing said: "He's very much part of the history and the legacy of progressive rock."
Banks died on 8 March from heart failure. He was found at his home after not turning up to a recording studio. He was working on a live Flash album called Flash - In Public. A post on his official website read: "It's with great sadness to have to report the death of Peter Banks. He died in his London home on March 8, 2013. Thanks for all the music Peter!"
The band, Yes, are a passion of radio broadcaster and former NME journalist Danny Baker. Mr. Ewing told the BBC: "It's very, very sad. When someone like Danny Baker calls you 'the architect of progressive music', it means something. Something like that rams home quite how important Peter Banks was to progressive music."
Although Banks was in Yes for just a couple of years, Mr. Ewing said he was very much part of a wider movement.
"Peter was in Yes when they were formulating what would become their classic sound, and they were as much a figurehead of progressive rock in its classic era as the likes of Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Jethro Tull," he said. "He was part of a group of musicians who didn't break rules but they acted like there weren't any rules for themselves, so it was a fascinating time for these guys to be making music."
In 1969, Yes recorded their eponymous debut album, to be followed by "Time And A Word", on which his band mates Jon Anderson and Chris Squire wanted the backing of an orchestra. It caused some eruptions within the group and after the record came out, he was asked to leave, along with keyboardist Tony Kaye, while there was less for them to do.
Mr Ewing had met him during his working life and said: "He was very quiet. I'm not certain that mega rock stardom was really for him. He was very interested in the music. After Yes, he made some amazing music with Flash and then his solo work, as well, has always stood up very well, but I don't think the spotlight of fame would have rested particularly comfortably with him."
During his career, Banks released three albums with Flash between 1972-73, recorded with Empire, contributed to all star tributes to Supertramp and The Who and worked with later Yes member Rick Wakeman's son Oliver.
Former Yes member Billy Sherwood has paid tribute: "I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years," he said. "He always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspired, and always with that classic original Yes flavour that came with his playing. He will be missed by me and many, many other fans of his music and playing."
As for his legacy, Mr. Ewing concluded: "He's always going to be remembered for Yes and being the original guitar player as they found their feet and they developed that progressive rock sound.
A message from Rick Wakeman:
It has been the most awful year so far as regards losing so many wonderful musicians and friends. It seems hardly a day goes by without hearing news of another loss.
I heard of Peter's passing through my good friend Nic Caciappo in America and I am grateful to him for letting me know. Sadly, his passing was not reported in the UK by the national media which saddens me greatly as Peter contributed much to many genres of music and indeed played an enormous part whilst treading the early YES path. His work on Time and a Word was innovative and distinctive.
After leaving YES he deserved more recognition than he got, but still went on to produce some great music. I had the pleasure of joining him on my son Oliver's album Jabberwocky although my role was the speaking part!
If you've yet to discover his solo work, then do so at your earliest convenience. I'll be digging out my Flash album this weekend for sure.
Peter's passing has left a gap, but his music will continue to fill it.
13th March 2013
A statement from Jon:
"I was watching the BBC footage just last month, and we spoke about those wonderful times. Peter was a unique guitar player and a kind soul. I will miss him.
"I feel very lucky to have spoken with him over the past year. Even though he was very sick, he would chat away about music and laugh about the journey we have all been on.
"He will be missed...
The Rolling Stone Peter Banks, Original Yes Guitarist, Dead at 65. Innovative musician played on band's first two albums