“Sunshine of Your Love should be in the dictionary under the best-known bassline of all time”: Chris Squire on the five bass players that shaped his sound

Chris Squire, bassist of British progressive rock band Yes performs in Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 24 July 2003.
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Having served as their bassist for nearly five decades, Chris Squire – who would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year – was the key ingredient in the envelope-pushing sound of prog rock icons, Yes. He’s also credited as a co-writer on many of the band’s greatest cuts, including Starship Trooper, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yours Is No Disgrace and Heart of the Sunrise

“Chris Squire’s contributions as a songwriter were huge,” Rudy Sarzo once told BP. “As well as his bass playing. Chris made everything bigger with his tone. I’m a huge Yes fan, even though you might not hear it in my playing.” 

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.