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Alan White (born 14 June 1949) is an English rock and roll drummer best known for his 36 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes. In all, White has appeared on over fifty albums with artists from John Lennon and George Harrison to Joe Cocker, Ginger Baker and The Ventures.

Born in Pelton, County Durham, White began learning to play the piano at age six and after switching to drums, played publicly with a local band at 13. Later he worked with a number of bands during the late 1960s, notably the Alan Price Set, before being invited to join Ginger Baker’s Airforce with Steve Winwood in 1968. The following year, 1969, White received a call from John Lennon (he thought it was a prankster) asking him to join the Plastic Ono Band for a show that became the hit album, Live Peace in Toronto. He also performed with Lennon on the legendary Imagine album and the single, “Instant Karma”. When Lennon introduced White to fellow Beatle alumnus, George Harrison, he was asked to perform on the All Things Must Pass album, including the single, “My Sweet Lord”.

In 1972, White was touring with Joe Cocker when he received an invitation to join Yes, to replace Bill Bruford who had left to join King Crimson. Three days after meeting with Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, White played at the first show of the group’s US Close to the Edge tour. Despite the fact that White had spent time in the studio with the band and even tried playing some of the Close to the Edge material, it is something of a legend that he learned the entire repertoire of extremely complex music in just three days. White and the band gave each other three months to see if he fit in, and over thirty years later, he has appeared on every Yes album since.

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  • songfactslastfm

    "I believe you make music for the beauty of your soul, your realization of life, and the joy of making music." - Jon Anderson of Yes talks about the spiritual inspirations behind the likes of "And You And I," "Long Distance Runaround" and "Starship Troopers," which Anderson thinks of as his "search for truth and search for an understanding of what God truly is." Anderson also speaks of his return to the band in the 1980s, when Yes became unlikely MTV stars, all thanks to "Owner Of A Lonely Heart": http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/jon_anderson_of_yes/

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Hawkdaddyfoolz

    Two great drummers have the same name, what are the odds.

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • niQboy

    Uh... born in 1949? Don't think this is Oasis' Alan, like the guy below me, i'm asking whats with the profile pic?

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • harmonickev

    Is that Alan White from Oasis on the profile pic? Lord :(

    18 May 2008 Reply
  • proggirl

    His last album is simply great!!! Nice mix of Yes and new stuff

    17 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Crow74

    Ramshackled has been remastered and reissued this year. You should be able to find it at the better record stores on the Internet.

    7 Oct 2006 Reply
  • syfon

    It's hard to find becouse Ramshackled was released only on vinyl in '76. But try to use p2p program like emule, it should be there.

    4 Sep 2006 Reply
  • LINK2K9

    Where did everyone get these songs?O_o

    19 Jun 2006 Reply
  • rodporto

    A Master!!

    16 Jun 2006 Reply