25 October 1944, Accrington, Lancashire, England. During his formative years Anderson fronted the Warriors, an aspiring beat group. Despite completing a single, You Came Along (1964), the quartet failed to make much headway and in 1967 the singer embarked on a solo career as Hans Christian Anderson. His releases included a version of Never My Love, a US hit for the Association, but this temporary phase ended on joining Mabel Greers Toyshop, which in turn evolved into Yes. Although maligned by critics, this portentous group became one of rocks major attractions during the 70s, renowned for its fusion of rock and classical idioms. Andersons soaring, high-pitched voice, although integral to the overall sound, proved distinctive in its own right when solo recordings proved successful. Olias Of Sunhillow was welcomed by Yes aficionados during a hiatus in the parent groups career, but it was Short Stories, a collaboration...
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