Happy Birthday today to keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes. He's 69. Also celebrating A Perfect Circle co-founder and guitarist Billy Howerdel (48).

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Rick Wakeman is best known as the longtime keyboardist for Yes during five tenures between 1971 and 2004. He also released many solo albums over the years. He is currently the keyboardist for Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman. He's written several books including an autobiography, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes last year. Yes originally formed in 1968 and have gone through numerous lineup changes over the years. A series of successful progressive rock albums in the 70's included The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close to the Edge. The success of the single "Roundabout" shot the band to stardom for the decade and beyond.

I saw Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman on tour last fall at The Palace in Albany. Great show! For more on the band, check out their official website here.