Chris Squire 1948-2015: the story of the hugely influential Yes bassist

Bassist Chris Squire (1948 - 2015) performing with English progressive rock band Yes, at Madison Square Garden, New York, 5th August 1977
(Image credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

It was a troubling announcement that caught the music world by surprise in May of 2015: Chris Squire of Yes had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and would be forced to take a leave of absence from the band’s busy touring schedule.

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will perform live without me,” said Squire, who co-founded the group and was the only member to appear on every one of Yes’ 30-plus studio and live albums.

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