He was born here in Accrington.
Born 25th October 1944 John Roy Anderson
Attended St John’s School Baxenden. (in Accrington)
He left school at the age of 15 to support his family working as a farm hand. Later he was also a milkman.
Joined the Warriors in 1962
The band Yes formed in 1968
I remember him from the early sixties. He was then with an “Accy” group called The Warriors. His mum lived just across the way from us and for a while, all the local kids used to hang around waiting for autographs from him and his brother Tony. We were all glued to the TV one Saturday morning when the group appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars
He also made a version of Never My Love” as “Hans Christian”. (Video at bottom of the post)
I liked some of their stuff, but was never a big fan of Yes – though I did like his work with Vangelis (“I’ll find My Way Home” video at the bottom of post)
He is now an “ambassador” for Accrington Stanley and has actually promised a gig at the stadium at some time in the future. (He was a ball boy and a mascot at one stage).