Trevor Rabin (Yes)
Musician Songwriter and Film composer Trevor Charles Rabin was born 13 January 1954 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was Educated at Parktown Boys’ High School in Johannesburg, he took formal piano training before discovering the guitar at age 12. He joined one of his first bands, The Other, when he was 13. He was interested in both Rock and Classical music which His parents encouraged. Rabin also studied orchestration at the University of Johannesburg and trained to be a conductor. Rabin’s early influences included Arnold Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He played progressive and heavy rock with his first band, The Conglomeration, he also played with anti-apartheid rock band Freedom’s Children and became a session guitarist and bassist for many jazz bands in South Africa.
Rabin formed his first major recording group, Rabbitt, along with Neil Cloud (drums), Ronnie Robot (bass guitar), and Duncan Faure (keyboards, guitar, vocals). They gained popularity in 1975 after appearing at Johannesburg’s “Take It Easy” club. Their first single, was a cover of Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” Followed by their debut album, Boys Will Be Boys in 1975. Rabbitt’s second album, A Croak and a Grunt in the Night, was released in 1977. Rabin went on to win a South African Sarie music award and won a Sarie for Best Contemporary Music Artist in 1976 and 1977. Rabbitt recorded their third album, Rock Rabbitt before disbanding in 1978.
Rabin recorded his first solo album Beginnings in 1977 & also fronted Disco Rock Machine, which released two albums Time To Love and Disco Rock Machine 2. Rabin also began working as a producer and released the album Wolf, co-produced with Ray Davies of The Kinks in 1981 with contributions from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band members Chris Thompson and Manfred Mann. In 1982 Rabin auditioned with the prog-rock supergroup Asia and considered joining a proposed supergroup with future Asia members John Wetton and Carl Palmer and also ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Rabin then met bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, longtime members of The band Yes, and soon Rabin, Squire and White began collaborating under the name Cinema, they were later joined by original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye to complement their live performances and Trevor Horn. Rabin had written several songs for what became 90125 including “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. Squire then met longtime Yes vocalist Jon Anderson inLos Angeles and Anderson joined as vocalist. Both “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Leave It” became major hits. Yes also received a Grammy award in 1984 for the instrumental “Cinema” and toured Europe and America. Rabin contributed his acoustic guitar solo, “Solly’s Beard” and played on Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s debut album Welcome to the Pleasuredome.
In 1985, Yes began recording their next album, hampered by tensions between Anderson, Squire and Horn. Eventually, Rabin assumed control of the project, with Horn resigning as producer. Demos have emerged with Trevor Rabin singing lead vocals on “Final Eyes” and “Rhythm of Love.” Yes’s next album Big Generator emerged in late 1987, with songs “Love Will Find a Way” Final Eyes “Shoot High,Aim Low” and “Rhythm of Love.” Anderson left Yes and formed Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Rabin also completed his fourth solo album “Can’t Look Away” released in 1989. Tcontaining the anti-apartheid ballad “Sorrow (Your Heart)” & “Something to Hold on To”, Which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Short Form Music Video. Trevor Rabin toured with drummer Lou Molino III, fretless bassist Jim Simmons and keyboardist-composer Mark Mancina on the Can’t Look Away tour which was recorded as 2003’s Live in LA, and featured interpretations of ’80s Yes material, as well as highlights from his Wolf album. Rabin wrote three songs for Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe’s second album.
Both Yes line-ups worked on the next album Union separately and Rabin wrote the songs”Lift Me Up” and “Saving My Heart. Sadly Steve Howe, Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman left. Trevor Rabin produced Yes’s next album Talk, featuring the songs “Endless Dream”,”The Calling” and “Walls” Which was a collaboration between Rabin and Roger Hodgson, (Supertramp). However Rabin left Yes after the tour. He next collaborated with Wakeman, on the song “Never is a Long, Long Time,” from Wakeman’s album Return to the Centre of the Earth in 1999. In 1996, Rabin performed Yes and Rabbitt songs during the Prince’s Trust Concert in South Africa and also released demo versions of pre-90125 Yes compositions and solo work, entitled 90124, as well as Live in LA, recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles in late 1989. In 2004 Rabin also performed in aid of the Prince’s Trust with Yes at the Wembley Arena in London.
Trevor Rabin has also written Music for many films including: Bad Company, Con Air, Homegrown, Armageddon, Jack Frost (in which Rabin appeared onscreen in two scenes), Deep Blue Sea, Gone in 60 Seconds, Remember the Titans, The 6th Day, The Banger Sisters, Kangaroo Jack, Bad Boys II, The Great Raid, Exorcist: The Beginning, National Treasure, Coach Carter, Glory Road, Snakes on a Plane, The Glimmer Man, Flyboys, Gridiron Gang, Hot Rod, The Guardian, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, 12 Rounds, G-Force, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Trevor Rabin has received many awards including several Grammy nominations, one Grammy win, eleven BMI film score awards, and a lifetime achievement award from the Temecula Film Festival. His composition “Titans Spirit” from Remember the Titans has been frequently featured in NBC’s closing montage and credits for their Olympics coverage. It was also played following United States President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech upon winning the 2008 US Presidential Election, and served as the backdrop for the ensuing celebration. Rabin also composed the theme for TNT’s coverage of the National Basketball Association in 2009 and the theme for NCAA’s March Madness in 2011. He composed the score for Disney’s Mission: Space attraction at Epcot. In 2011 Rabin was awarded at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards in the Top Box Office Films category for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In 2012 he released the all-instrumental solo album Jacaranda and was presented with the Henry Mancini Award at the 27th Annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards in 2012 and is currently working on new solo material.