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Tony Banks (musician)

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Anthony George Banks (born 27 March 1950) is an English musician, songwriter and film composer primarily known as the keyboardist and founding member of the rock band Genesis. Banks is also a prolific solo artist, releasing six solo albums that range through progressive rock, pop, and classical music.

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Tony Banks
Banks performing with Genesis in 2007
Background information
Birth nameAnthony George Banks
Born (1950-03-27) 27 March 1950 (age 73)
East Hoathly with Halland, England
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Keyboards
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1967–present

Banks co-founded Genesis in 1967 while studying at Charterhouse. He was their keyboardist and one of their principal songwriters and lyricists. He became a frequent user of the Hammond T-102 organ, Mellotron, ARP Pro Soloist and Yamaha CP-70 piano. In the band's earliest years Banks would play acoustic guitar for some of the mellow and pastoral songs.

In 2010, Banks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis.[1] In 2011, he was included on MusicRadar's list of the 27 greatest keyboard players of all time.[2] In 2015, he was named "Prog God" at the Progressive Music Awards.[3]