Tony Kaye (born Anthony John Selvidge) is a British musician. Kaye was the original keyboard player for the progressive rock group Yes from 1968 to 1971, and rejoined Yes from 1983 to 1995. Between his stints with Yes, he was also a founding member of the 1970s rock bands Badger and Detective, and joined Badfinger for their last album in 1981.
During the 1960s he played with Johnny Taylor's Star Combo and later recorded a handful of singles with at least three different rock groups (The Federals, Jimmy Winston & His Reflections, Winston's Fumbs and Bittersweet) before being invited by Chris Squire to join a new band called Yes. After a last concert in 1971 at The Crystal Palace, Kaye was asked to leave the group.
Kaye went in and out of quite a few groups as well. In 1972, he guested with ex-fellow bandmate Peter Banks on the first album by Flash; and then formed his own group: Badger, together with bassist David Foster. Badger released only two albums: "One Live Badger" and "White Lady".
Kaye joined Detective, a band with slightly funky arrangements, releasing three albums: "Detective", "It Takes One To Know One" and "Live From The Atlantic Studios" . Living in Los Angeles, Kaye then moved on to join Badfinger in 1981. He was making up his mind to record a solo album when he met accidentally with Chris Squire in a party and was invited to join him in some free studio sessions. This encounter led to Kaye joining Cinema, a new group formed by Squire, drummer Alan White and South African guitarist Trevor Rabin.
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