Happy Birthday to Chris Squire, born March 4th, 1948. He teamed up with Jon Anderson in 1968 to form prog rock band Yes, and appears on every album the band recorded, despite numerous personnel changes.
His bass influences include Paul McCartney, John Entwistle and Jack Bruce. Chris Squire has a style all his own, due in large part to his signature Rickenbacker 4001 bass. He developed a unique sound by splitting the bass and treble signals from his stereo bass guitar into two separate channels, then mixing and using special studio effects.
In 2007, Rickenbacker and Bigtime TV participated in a RockCouture charity guitar auction, and came up with a custom painted 4001C64 Rickenbacker bass (donated by RIC,) inspired by the artwork of Chris Squire’s first solo album of the same name. It’s custom finish was conceptualized by Chris Squire and painted by Dan MacPherson.
Chris Squire was also a member of XYZ with Alan White and Jimmy Page. His solo works include Fish Out Of Water with Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz.
I’ve been a Yes fan ever since hearing “Yours Is No Disgrace” and “Starship Trooper” from The Yes Album. Their live shows are unbelievable and have to be experienced; live albums do no justice to this band. And Chris Squire has been a driving force in Yes for over forty years.
“I’ve Seen All Good People,” indeed!
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Birthdays, Classic Rock