Alan White (Yes drummer)

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Alan White (14 June 1949 – 26 May 2022) was an English drummer, best known for his tenure in the progressive rock band Yes. He joined Yes in 1972 as a replacement for original drummer Bill Bruford. He was the longest-remaining member of the band and the only member besides original bassist Chris Squire to never leave. He appeared on 43 albums with Yes, 17 of which were original studio albums.

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Alan White
White in 2003
White in 2003
Background information
Born(1949-06-14)14 June 1949
Pelton, County Durham, England
Died26 May 2022(2022-05-26) (aged 72)
Newcastle, Washington, U.S.
GenresProgressive rock, pop rock, hard rock
Years active1967–2022
Formerly of

In 1969, White joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, after Lennon invited him to play at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, followed by a show at the Lyceum Ballroom. He notably played drums on the singles "Instant Karma!" and "Imagine", as well as most of Lennon's 1971 Imagine album.[1]

In addition to his work with Yes and John Lennon, White performed on over 50 albums by other musicians, notably George Harrison, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Terry Reid, Joe Cocker and The Ventures.[2]

White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017.[3]