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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Remembering Chris Squire, the Very Loud, Beating Heart of Yes

Brow Beat
JUNE 29 2015 7:09 PM

Chris Squire and his Rickenbacker.

Chris Squire and his Rickenbacker.
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images
Chris Squire was a plodder. The bassist and co-founder of Yes, who died this weekend after a battle with leukemia, claimed to have “never seriously learned anything” about his instrument until he was 16. He earned the nickname “Fish” from band mates who grew restless waiting for him to finish long baths. The band’s first drummer, Bill Bruford, recalled that when Yes was recording its most complicated music, he would pass out from exhaustion only to wake at 3 a.m. and see Squire at work behind the mixing board. “He moved slowly,” joked Bruford, “and could thus outlast everyone else in the room.”

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