Chris Squire, longtime bassist for the British progressive rock group Yes, has passed away at the age of 67, six weeks after being diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia.
Squire’s playing, which had a growling, melodic style, was an essential part of Yes’ sound, as you can hear in their track “Long Distance Runaround” from 1973’s Fragile:
Yes has recorded 21 studio albums since 1969, and over their rather tumultuous history has had about 20 different members and as many different personnel lineups. Squire was the single constant element throughout. With his passing, none of Yes’ founding members remain in the band (longtime guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White joined in 1970 and 1972, respectively).
The music world has lost a major talent. Rest in peace, Mr. Squire.