AKA John Roy Anderson
Birthplace: Accrington, Lancashire, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Singer for Yes
Having worked in various bands during the early 1960s, Jon Anderson found himself singing for Mabel Greer's Toyshop in 1968, alongside bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. The three soon split off to form the band Yes, which would become the primary vehicle for Jon's musical output for most of the next four decades -- and, so far, continues to be so. With each successive record, Yes steadily rose in popularity until it became one of the leading rock bands of the 70s, but constant personnel shifts and internal struggles would repeatedly result in the band's disintegration. Despite all of these changes, the 1980 release Drama is the only Yes album from which Jon himself has been absent. His return for the following record, 1983's 90125, gave him the most commercially successful record of his career.
Beginning in 1975, Jon began two significant projects outside of Yes that have continued intermittently ever since: his solo career (with the record Olias of Sunhillow) and his collaboration with Greek composer Vangelis (with his vocal contribution to Vangelis' record Heaven and Hell). Several fully-collaborative projects under the name Jon and Vangelis, would follow, and too many solo records to count. The most well-received of these solo releases seems to be the Latin-influeced Deseo (1994).
During a period of particular drama (no pun intended) in Yes' history, Jon put together the project Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe with the other three named Yes veterans in competition with the post-90125 line-up of the band, while a legal struggle for control of the name ensued. A big warm, fuzzy ending to the conflict (well, maybe) came about when both bands joined together for the Union album and tour in 1991. Redundant performers were subsequently shed and, after one more 90125-configuration release, Yes has continued more-or-less with the same (usually referred to as "classic") line-up to the present day.
Father: Albert Anderson
Mother: Kathleen Anderson
Brother: Tony Anderson (musician)
Daughter: Deborah Leigh Anderson (musician, b. Dec-1970)
Son: Damion James Anderson (b. Sep-1972)
Daughter: Jade Anderson (musician, b. Feb-1980)
Wife: Jane Luttenberger (m. 1997)
Yes Vocalist (1968-80 and 1983-)
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe Vocalist (1989-90)
Jon and Vangelis Vocalist (1975-?)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Yessongs (19-Oct-1975) · Himself
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