Sam Tabar tells me that one of the founding members of the British progressive rock band Yes has died after suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Chris Squire, who played bass for the band and released solo material is reported by the BBC to have died at his home in Phoenix, Arizona after announcing in May he had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia and would not take part in any forthcoming Yes performances. Former and current members of Yes and musicians from around the world have taken to the social media Sites to express their sadness at the death of the self taught bass player.
Yes found fame as one of the many progressive rock bands coming out of the UK in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Squire was a founding members of the band in 1968 and remained with the band after they found fame supporting Janis Joplin at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969. The bass player appeared on the classic albums of the band, including performing on the US number one Owner Of A Lonely Heart.