Peter Banks Dies; Yes Guitarist was 65
Peter Banks, the original guitarist for the rock band Yes, has died at the age of 65. According to a BBC report, the English guitarist was found in his home on March 8, apparently dead from heart failure.
Banks, along with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, and Bill Bruford founded the progressive rock act Yes. The band is often cited as one of the bands at the forefront of the prog-rock scene in the 70s, along with bands such as Genesis and King Crimson.
Banks left the band in 1970, the first of over a dozen musicians to play with Yes and then depart. After leaving Yes, Banks went on to have a solo career and play as a session artist with bands such as Roger Ruskin Spear. In addition to his solo work, he cut albums with the bands Flash and Empire
Banks released his first solo album, Two Sides of Peter Banks, in 1973 and did not release another solo album until 1994’s Instinct. His latest release was 1999’s Can I Play You Something? (The Pre-Yes Years Recordings From 1964-1968).