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Alan White

An English rock and roll drummer

Mainly known for his 34 years of work with the progressive rock band Yes.

White has appeared on over fifty albums with artists from John Lennon and George Harrison to Joe Cocker, Ginger Baker and The Ventures.

White began learning to play the piano at age six and after switching to drums, played publicly with a local band at 13.

Later he worked with a number of bands during the 1960s before being invited to join Ginger Baker's Airforce with Steve Winwood in 1968.

The following year, 1969, White received a call from John Lennon (he thought it was a prankster) asking him to join the Plastic Ono Band.

In addition to his drum playing, White has played piano and written music for several Yes albums.

In 1972, White was touring with Joe Cocker when he received an invitation to join Yes, to replace Bill Bruford who had left to join King Crimson. Three days after meeting with Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, White played at the first show of the group's US Close to the Edge tour.

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