Jon Anderson

About Jon Anderson

John Roy “Jon” Anderson is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician best known as the former lead vocalist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with Greek musician Vangelis and others.Early lifeJon Anderson was born John Roy Anderson in Accrington, Lancashire, England, to Albert and Kathleen Anderson. His father was from Scotland and his mother was of Irish ancestry. Anderson dropped the “h” from his first name in 1970.Anderson attended St. John’s Infants School in Accrington. There he made a tentative start to a musical career playing the washboard in “Little John’s Skiffle Group”, which played songs by Lonnie Donegan, among others. After leaving school at the age of fifteen he tried a series of jobs, including farm hand, lorry driver and milkman. He also tried to pursue a football career at Accrington Stanley F.C., but at 5ft tall he was turned down because of his frail constitution. He remains a fan of the club.Early careerIn 1962, Anderson joined The Warriors (also known as The Electric Warriors), where he and his brother Tony shared the role of lead vocalist. He quit this band in 1967, released two solo singles in 1968 under the pseudonym Hans Christian, One of which was a cover of The Association’s “Never My Love”. One of Anderson’s first producers at EMI was songwriter Paul Korda.

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