Peter Banks was born on July 15, 1947 and passed away on March 8, 2013
Banks started playing with Chris Squire in the group the Syn from 1966/67 and later the two joined Mabel Greer's Toy Shop (which featured Jon Anderson on vocals). Banks went to play for a short time with Neat Change. He rejoined Toy Shop which had also added Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford and with his return the band renamed itself to Yes. Following the 2nd Yes album, the band decided to replace Banks with Steve Howe.
Banks went on to form Flash and when Tony Kaye was booted from Yes he joined up with Banks. Flash broke up in 1973 and Banks released a solo CD (with many ex-Flash members). A new band Flash Mark II was formed and then renamed to Empire underwhich name 3 albums were recorded in the 1970's but not released until the 1980's.
His almost instrumental solo work starting 1973 with Two sides of Peter Banks -feat. a.o. Focus guitarist Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton-, (inbetween contributing 2 tracks (7,12) to Guitar Workshop Volume Two (1976) -feat. a.o. each 2 tracks by Gordon Giltrap and Adrian Legg as well-), was continued 20 years later with Instinct (1994), followed by Self-contained (1995) and Reduction (1997). Can I play you something released 2001 contains pre-Yes works from Syn and Mabel Greer's Toy Shop and shows vocals as well.
In recent times he had been working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations.