Jon Anderson and Chris Squire founded Yes in 1968. The two met at a Soho nightclub in London, called La Chasse, and discovered they shared a mutual love of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. They began writing material together, recruiting drummer Bill Bruford, (found through an ad in Melody Maker), guitarist Peter Banks and classically trained organ player Tony Kaye.
Because of Squire’s background in the church choir, he brought his knowledge of harmony to the Yes creative melting pot. Squire and Banks, the latter a self-taught guitar player and an emotional and musical free-spirit, were both in the hands of the Syn, and Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, (though Banks eventually left the band). Anderson had previously been in a band called the Warriors, (which also included drummer Ian Wallace). Hammond organ player Tony Kaye was playing in various bands, mostly notable Johnny Taylor’s Star Combo, and Bruford had, mostl