Alan White, the drummer for, and longest continuously serving member of, Yes, has died at age 72.
The band announced the news on its official Twitter page and linked back to White’s Facebook page. The page announced, “Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.”
“Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him,” the message continues.
A drummer since age 12, White performed with many artists throughout the ’60s, including the jazz-rock fusion supergroup Ginger Baker’s Air Force, which also featured Steve Winwood and Denny Laine. In 1969, John Lennon invited him to join the Plastic Ono Band, and he played on the albums Live Peace In Toronto and Some Time in New York City, as well as the single “Instant Karma.”
White also contributed to Lennon’s Imagine album and to George Harrison‘s All Things Must Pass album, including the single “My Sweet Lord.”
White joined Yes on July 27, 1972, replacing founding drummer Bill Bruford, and learned the band’s repertoire in just three days before they kicked off a tour in Texas. The well-known albums he played on include Yessongs, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Going for the One, Relayer, Drama, 90125 and Big Generator.
White was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Yes in 2017. He is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.
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