change we must...to LIVE again
He was born as John Roy Anderson on 25th October 1944 in the town
of Accrington, Lancashire, England, his parents being Albert and Kathleen Anderson. (He was later to drop the "h" from his
first name.) He attended St John's Infants School in Accrington, and made a tentative start to
his musical career at an early age by playing the washboard in "Little John's Skiffle Group", which played songs by Lonnie
Donegan among others. Anderson left school at the age of fifteen, and went through a series of jobs including working as a
farm hand, a lorry driver, and a milkman.
In 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, and then in the same year briefly sung in a band called The Gun. In the summer
of 1968, Anderson joined a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which also included bassist Chris
Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. Anderson fronted this band, but ended up leaving again before
the summer was over. Anderson, Squire, and Banks went on to form Yes, with drummer Bill Bruford
and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Their debut album was released in 1969.
And so, this story begins