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    RIP Alan White



    This just posted on Alan's Facebook page:

    Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.
    Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.
    Alan was born in Pelton, County Durham, England on June 14, 1949. He began piano lessons at the age of six, began playing the drums at age twelve, and has been performing publicly since the age of thirteen.
    Throughout the 1960s, Alan honed his craft with a variety of bands, including The Downbeats, The Gamblers, Billy Fury, Alan Price Big Band, Bell and Arc, Terry Reid, Happy Magazine (later called Griffin), and Balls with Trevor Burton (The Move) and Denny Laine (Wings).
    In 1968, Alan joined Ginger Baker’s Airforce, a new group that was put together by the former drummer of Cream and other noted musicians from England’s music scene including Steve Winwood, formerly of Traffic.
    In 1969, Alan received what he thought at the time to be a prank phone call, but it was John Lennon calling to ask Alan to join the Plastic Ono Band. The next day Alan found himself learning songs in the back of an airliner headed to Toronto with Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, and Klaus Voormann. The ensuing album, Live Peace in Toronto, sold millions of copies, peaking at number 10 on the charts.
    Alan’s association with Lennon continued, recording singles like ‘Instant Karma’ and the subsequent landmark album, Imagine, with Alan providing drums for the title song, ‘Jealous Guy’, and ‘How Do You Sleep at Night’. Alan’s work with Lennon led to an introduction to George Harrison, who asked Alan to perform on the album All Things Must Pass, including the single, ‘My Sweet Lord’, released in 1970. Alan subsequently worked with many artists for the Apple label, including Billy Preston, Rosetta Hightower, and Doris Troy.
    Alan joined YES on July 27, 1972, and with only three days to learn the music, YES opened their US tour before 15,000 fans in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 1972. Alan has been with YES ever since, and with the passing of founding member, Chris Squire, in June 2015, Alan is the longest continuously serving band member.
    Alan is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and May White (née Thrower), his sister-in-law, Mindi Hall, and many loyal furry companions. He is survived by his wife of forty years (May 15, 1982) Rogena “Gigi” (née Walberg), his children, Jesse (Emily), their two children JJ and Ellie, and Cassi (Kela), and sister-in-law Andrea Holmqvist (Robert).
    Gigi, Jesse, and Cassi
    Seattle, WA

    #2
    So, so sad. I grew up with Alan's drumming since I was a kid. Saw him for the first time in '94 on the Talk tour and he was there ever since. Coincidentally, I was listening to a 1984 interview with Chris Squire just last night about the XYZ-Cinema era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neh0iz7q9xo&t=1078s

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      #3
      I am beyond upset I can’t believe Alan died

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        #4
        My condolences to all his friends and family, Alan was my favorite drummer, can't believe it, bet he's having a jamming session with Chris in heaven!
        "We all gotta climb mountains!" - Jon Anderson 2003

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          #5
          Terrible news. At least the illness was brief.
          Only yesterday I was wondering if he had any children.
          It’s a cliche, but Yes will not be the same again.

          Thanks and welcome Onward. So sad that this was your first post.

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            #6
            Despite the fact that he was looking so frail this is shocking news. Alan White the man you only read positive things about. RIP

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              #7
              My condolences to his Wife and children, a fantastic musician and a wonderful person.

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                #8
                https://www.facebook.com/10004424086...DAWQdXDKNPzvl/

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                #9
                I am shocked and saddened beyond belief. Despite him looking so frail in that video on his stolen drumkit, I did not see this coming. This must be heartbreaking for his family and for his fellow Yes members.

                What a musical legend and phenomenal personality. He will be so missed.

                Love you Alan, rest in peace!

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                  #10
                  RIP Alan. You were the best!

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                    #11
                    RIP to a gentleman and a legend. I can’t recall a single interview or moment where I thought that Alan White came across as a jerk which is uncommon for a rocker with such a long career. He always seemed like a very sensible, kind and levelheaded team player and, of course, he was a great musician who could make himself at home in a wide spectrum of songs and settings, both simple and complex.
                    “Well ain’t life grand when you finally hit it?”-David Lee Roth

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                      #12
                      Now in https://www.yesworld.com/

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                        #13
                        Goodbye Alan, and thank you 😢❤️

                        June 14, 1949, County Durham – May 26, 2022, Seattle.

                        I'm numb. Even though it's maybe not unexpected I never thought it would be so soon after the announcement about the forthcoming tour. I'm thinking of all the times I had the privilege of seeing and hearing him play.
                        Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
                        Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.

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                          #14
                          Very sad, we've lost another one. Will be thinking of all the shows I've seen and playing some Yes tonight. High the Memory: Alan While 1949-2022

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                            #15
                            RIP Alan. I'm at a bit of a loss for words.

                            Heaven has a pretty kick-ass Yes power trio now: Peter Banks, Chris Squire, and Alan White.

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