The partnership between Chris and Jon Anderson sprang from their mutual admiration of vocal groups, particularly Simon and Garfunkel. They formed the group Yes and released their first record in 1969. Although the band has had many personnel changes over the years, Chris is the only member who has survived through the many versions. There has never been a Yes without Chris Squire. Yes will celebrate their fourtieth year in 2008 with a much anticipated, but not signed-in-stone tour. During Yes' formative years Chris was frequently known for being a 'free-er spirit' than the rest of his bandmates. Bill Bruford, at that time drummer for Yes, was the one most vocal in his displeasure. Sensitive to Bill's fragile demeanor, Chris was often known to drive at unsafe speeds to get to gigs on time. Chris' penchant for the fast life in the fast lane caused him to create a major altercation on the Autobahn after he was caught 'asleep at the wheel'. Miraculously, nobody was injured, not even the Rickenbacker in the back seat.
Chris has always been credited as the owner of the 'Yes' name. However, the name is co-owned by Chris, Alan White and Jon Anderson . Hence, the group formerly known as Yes were given no choice but to appear as Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe when in 1989 these members decided to go out on their own, sans Chris and Alan White. Yes, LLC is co-owned by Chris, Alan and Steve Howe.
Chris' first solo work was 1975's Fish Out Of Water, featuring Yes alumni Bill Bruford on drums and Patrick Moraz on keyboards, as well as The Syn and The Selfs alumnus Andrew Jackman, also on keyboards. Chris was also a member of the short-lived XYZ (eX -Yes-Zeppelin) in 1981, a group composed of Alan White (Yes) on drums and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). XYZ recorded several demo tracks at Chris' home studio in Virginia Water but never produced anything formal (legend has it that vocalist Robert Plant, still in mourning over John Bonham, was not interested). XYZ never officially released any material, though two of the demos provided the basis for "Mind Drive" later recorded by Yes.
Cinema, featuring Chris' friend Trevor Rabin became the 90125 line up that later produced the first complete album to be recorded on a hard drive - Talk. Chris later joined up with guitarist Billy Sherwood in a side project called Conspiracy. The band's self-titled debut album contained the nuclei of several songs that were to appear on Yes' recent albums.
- edited by Richard Stellar
Source: http://www.chrissquire.com/biography accessed 6th April 2013