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Trevor Rabin (1954)

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Trevor Charles Rabin is a South African born musician, best known as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British progressive rock band Yes from 1983–1994, and since then, as a film composer.


 early years
Rabin comes from a family of classical musicians in Johannesburg, South Africa, where his father Godfrey was lead violinist for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and also a lawyer. 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. His parents encouraged his talents toward rock music, although Rabin would maintain his interest in classical music throughout his career. Rabin also briefly studied orchestration at the University of Johannesburg and trained to be a conductor; he later arranged and conducted for many artists in South Africa.

Rabin's early influences included Arnold Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He also dabbled with progressive and heavy rock with his first band, The Conglomeration, as well as joining the prominent anti-apartheid rock band Freedom's Children for a year in 1972. During this same period, Rabin became a highly sought after session guitarist and bassist, playing with many jazz bands in South Africa. When Rabin fulfilled his obligation to the South African Army at age 19, he served with the entertainment division.

Rabin formed his first major recording group, Rabbitt, along with Neil Cloud , Ronnie Robot , and Duncan Faure . Rabbitt evolved from The Conglomeration prior to Rabin's year of military conscription in 1974. The band started to gain popularity in 1975 after appearing at Johannesburg's "Take It Easy" club. Their first single, released in 1973, was a cover of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath", which later appeared on their debut album, Boys Will Be Boys released on Jo'Burg Records in 1975. The album features original songs mostly penned by Rabin.

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 (that country's answer to the Grammy Awards) for his co-production on the album. The band then gained with a short-term record distribution deal with Capricorn in the United States, but Rabbitt were unable to tour abroad because of continuing international disapproval of South Africa's apartheid policies. As a result, Trevor Rabin decided to leave South Africa. Rabbitt went on to record the album, Rock Rabbitt without Rabin before disbanding in 1978.

Rabin recorded his first solo album Beginnings in 1977 featuring Trevor on all instruments save drums. After an initial South African release on RPM Records it was re-sequenced with new material and given a different cover for release in England and the US simply as Trevor Rabin (Re-issued on CD in 2003 by Voiceprint Records under the original title). While some songs were reminiscent of Rabbitt, Rabin's guitar playing was more prominent as it would continue to be on his successive solo albums.

In 1978, Rabin formed the group Disco Rock Machine, which issued a 4-song LP called Time To Love in South Africa and continental Europe later that year. Rabin acted as producer, guitarist and keyboard player for the group, which dissolved after recording one further non-LP single.

Rabin relocated to London in 1978 after establishing the production company Blue Chip Music and struck an international deal with Chrysalis Records.

 personal life
Rabin has been married for nearly three decades to Shelley May. They reside in Los Angeles and have one son, Ryan Rabin, who was a drummer for The Anthem and The Outline, and is currently in the band Grouplove.

Rabin's father was Jewish and his mother converted to Judaism. He was raised Jewish and in a 2004 interview explained the profound influence Judaism has had on his life.

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Name Duration Released
Love Will Find a Way 04:28 2003
Miracle Of Life 06:57 2003
Changes 06:14 2003
Promenade 01:44 2003
Heard You Cry Wolf 05:34 2003
Walls 04:20 2003
Where Will You Be 05:06 2003
Would You Feel My Love 05:01 2003
Moving In 05:32 2003
Hold On 06:19 2003
Owner of a Lonely Heart 04:57 2003
Cinema/Don't Give In 04:32 2003
Eyes of Love 06:24 1989
Etoile Noir 01:03 1989
Promises 05:57 1989
Cover Up 05:17 1989
The Cape 02:56 1989
Sorrow 04:29 1989
I Miss You Now 05:38 1989
Something to Hold on To 05:07 1989
Sludge 02:26 1989
I Can't Look Away 07:22 1989
Hold on to Me 04:44 1989
I Didn't Think It Would Last 04:08 1989
Spirit of Paris 02:20
Cibola 05:16
Page 47 02:39
Franklin's Tunnel 04:28
Gabby Shuffle 01:53
Bunnies 02:02
So! 01:46
City of Gold 02:13


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  • Post-production
  • E-Ring


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