If Chris Squire was still with us, he would be celebrating his 70th birthday tod…

Written by on March 4, 2018

If Chris Squire was still with us, he would be celebrating his 70th birthday today. While he was alive, he was the only member of the band to appear on every album.

Chris was widely regarded as the dominant bass guitarist among the early seventies British progressive rock bands, influencing peers and later generations of bassists with his incisive sound and elaborately contoured, melodic bass lines. His name was also associated with his trademark instrument, the Rickenbacker 4001 electric bass, which was introduced in England in 1964.

Chris was fond of using LSD in the 1960s, until an incident where he had a bad acid trip. He recalled that “it was the last time I ever took it, having ended up in St Stephen’s Hospital in Fulham for a couple of days not knowing who I was, or what I was, or who anybody else was.” He also recalled that he spent months inside his girlfriend’s apartment, afraid to leave, and it was during this time that he developed his style on the bass. He recovered and never used LSD again.

Squire claimed Yes was formed with Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye partly out of necessity. “I couldn’t get session work because most musicians hated my style. They wanted me to play something a lot more basic. We started Yes as a vehicle to develop everyone’s individual styles.”

Happy Birthday Chris and what a style it was! How many of you would rate him as one of the best bassists ever?

Chris passed away on June 27, 2015.

RIP Mr. Squire. Thank you for the inspiration, the music and for just being Chris Squire..

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