On This Date, August 21st, in 2005: Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer – which literally revolutionized popular music – died of a brain tumor in Asheville, NC at the age of 71. RIP Robert Moog! You made music better!
Rick Wakeman, enigmatic and Arthurian keyboard player for Yes, was born on this day, May 18th, in 1949. Favorite massively overwrought Wakeman-era keyboard riff from a song by Yes: the climax to “Heart of The Sunrise.” Wakeman also appeared as Thor in the 1975 Ken Russell-directed Film, Lisztomania. Happy Birthday, Rick!