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Alan White

English rock drummer (1949–2022)

Alan White is ...


Born 14 June 1949 in Ferryhill
Died 26 May 2022 in Seattle
Age 72 years, 11 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation rock drummer, musician and percussionist
Instrument drum kit
Genre rock music and progressive rock
Member of Yes, Plastic Ono Band, Cinema, Ginger Baker's Air Force and Alan Price Set
Field of work rock music and pop rock

About Alan White

Alan White, the legendary English rock drummer, passed away on March 26, 2022, at the age of 72. Born on June 14, 1949, in Pelton, County Durham, White began his musical journey at a young age, playing in local bands before joining the progressive rock band, Yes, in 1972.

White's tenure with Yes spanned over four decades, during which he played on some of the band's most iconic albums, including "Fragile," "Close to the Edge," and "Going for the One." He was known for his powerful and precise drumming style, which helped define the band's sound and earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Aside from his work with Yes, White also played with other notable musicians, including John Lennon, George Harrison, and Joe Cocker. He was a sought-after session drummer and contributed to numerous albums throughout his career.

White's impact on the music world was undeniable, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of drummers to come. He will be remembered as a true rock icon and a master of his craft.


- "Alan White, Yes Drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dead at 72" - Rolling Stone

- "Alan White, Drummer for Yes, Dies at 72" - The New York Times

- "Alan White, drummer for Yes, dies at 72" - BBC News

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