The bass player of Yes has died. I recall helping my mates Martin and Geoff with their lightshow at the Pier on the evening that Iron Butterfly, Yes and Dada played (maybe 1970?).


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University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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  1. The gig was on 16th January 1971 – and JUST preceded the release of “The Yes Album” (released February 1971) which to my mind is the finest of their albums by far. I think the event was promoted by Portsmouth Polytechnic.

    Yes were formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a line-up of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes lineup

    This gig was part of an Atlantic records promotional tour , and tickets were the same price as the excellent 1970 sampler album “The Age Of Atlantic” (featuring all three of the band on the tour) – just 99 pence! Tracks on the album by the three bands were “Survival” (Yes), “Termination” ( Iron Butterfly), and Dada’s cover of the Jagger/Richards song “The Last Time”.

    Dr. Dave probably eagerly sought out this album as it also contained two tracks”Whole Lotta Love” and “Communication Breakdown” by his favourite band – Led Zeppelin…

    However, it also had tracks such as “Comin’ Home” (Delaney & Bonnie with Eric Clapton), “Tonight” (MC5), “Black Hearted Woman” (Allman Brothers Band), “Wash Mama Wash” (Dr John), “Need Love” (Vanilla Fudge),”Broken Arrow” (Buffalo Springfield) and “I’m a Good Woman” (Cold Blood). An excellent album at a bargain price! I still have my copy…

    By this time the Pier gig took place Peter Banks had been fired from the band after a gig in Luton on the 18th April 1970, forcing the last three gigs of that year’s tour to be cancelled…… he was soon replaced by Steve Howe, who appeared at the gig at the Pier. .

    The set list included “Yours Is No Disgrace” (J.A,, C.S, S H, TK, B. B) “I’ve Seen All Good People” ((J.A/C.S), “The Clap” / “Classical Gas” (Howe), “Perpetual Change” (J.A/C.S), “A Bass Odyssey” (S.H, C.S) and a cover of Paul Simon’s “America” (which was on the “New Age Of Atlantic ” sampler album in 1972 – the only place it can be found, I believe – a 10:30 second version! )

    Occasionally on this tour “It’s Love” (Felix Cavaliere/ Eddie Brigati) was played during the 1971 tour, but I have no idea whether it was featured at the Pier. It’s better known as a Young Rascals song.

    Yes first appeared in Portsmouth shortly after they’d formed – on the 18th January 1969, In those days she set contained a lot of covers in those days – I’m not sure what they played on that first gig, but songs performed from this period included “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed” (Richie Havens), “Carpet Man” (Jim Webb) “Everydays” (Stephen Stills), “I See You” (Roger McGuinn/David Crosby) “Every Little Thing” (Lennon/McCartney), “It’s Love” (Felix Cavaliere/ Eddie Brigati), “In the Midnight Hour” (Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper) ,”Eleanor Rigby” (Lennon/McCartney) and “Something’s Coming” (Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim)

    On the 1969 tour compositions (or co-writes) from members of the band this period were “Astral Traveller” “Dear Father” (J.A/C.S),”The Prophet” (J.A/C.S), “Sweet Dreams” (J.A / David Foster)”Clear Days”(J.A.), “Time and a Word” (J.A/D.F), “Then”(J.A.), “Beyond and Before” (C..S/Clive Bailey)”Sweetness” (J.A, C.S., C.B)”Looking Around” (J.A/C.S)”For Everyone” (J.A/C.S)

    Dada have some interesting links with Portsmouth… Initially they were a 12-piece Stax-influenced, jazz-rock fusion band, and included vocalists Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer (formerly with The Alan Bown Set – he joined Dada after the album had been recorded), and bassist Steve York They also played at The Tricorn on 28th December 1970, and 11th March 1971.

    Dada released one album “Dada”) in 1970. After the “Age Of Atlantic” tour Atlantic Records sub-licenced them to Island Records for the UK and rest of the world. Thus, adding keyboard player Dave Thompson. , Vinegar Joe was formed in 1971. The band was without a drummer. Conrad Isidore and Rob Tait drummed on the first Vinegar Joe album. and Tim Hinkley added keyboards alongside Dave Thompson .

    Their debut LP “Vinegar Joe” was released in April 1972 on Island Records.

  2. Dada* did indeed play the TRicorn on 28.12.1970 and I was in the support band Gilbey Twiss.

    *They were never very Dada though were they

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