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Alan White

Today we will tell you about Alan White, the drummer of the band "Yes" for 50 years.

(Photo: The Sun Magazine)

Alan was born on June 14, 1949 in Durham County, England to a family of musicians, his father playing the piano and his grandfather playing the piano and drums. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers of all time.

In 1969 he joined the "Plastic Ono Band" of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, after that Lennon invited him to play at the "Toronto Rock and Roll Revival".

He played drums on the single "Instant Karma!" And later also in eight tracks from John Lennon's masterful album "Imagine".

In 1970 White also played with George Harrison on the album "All Things Must Pass".

(Photo: Michael Putland)

Before joining "Yes", White managed to play with "Ginger Baker's Air Force", Gary Wright, Billy Preston, Joe Cocker and "The Ventures" and more.

He stepped into Bill Bruford's big shoes during the tour of the album "Close To The Edge" and has since accompanied the band for 50 years.

In 2017 he entered the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" along with "Yes".

In 2022 he was supposed to go on tour with the band to mark the 50th anniversary of the album "Close To The Edge", but this tour was dedicated to his memory.

Alan passed away peacefully in his home, on May 26, 2022, after a short battle with a disease and is 72 years old at his death.

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