Jon and Vangelis

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Jon and Vangelis
Jon Anderson and Vangelis, 1981
Jon Anderson and Vangelis, 1981
Background information
United Kingdom
GenresSynth-pop, electronic, pop[1]
Years active1979–1986
LabelsPolydor Records
Arista Records
Higher Octave Records
Associated actsYes
Past membersJon Anderson

Jon and Vangelis was a collaborative effort between the English singer Jon Anderson (the lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Yes) and the Greek synthesiser musician Vangelis. The duo released four albums between 1980 and 1991.


In 1974, Vangelis was considered as a replacement for Rick Wakeman as keyboardist in Yes, and although the job went to Patrick Moraz, it led to several collaborations with Anderson, who contributed vocals to Vangelis' Heaven and Hell (1975) on the song "So Long Ago, So Clear", harp to Opera Sauvage (1979) on "Flamants Roses" and finally vocals to See You Later (1980) on "Suffocation" and "See You Later".

They recorded their first album together, Short Stories in 1979, producing the major hit "I Hear You Now" as well as "One More Time". Anderson wrote the lyrics and Vangelis composed the music. In 1980, Jon left Yes and while he published his third solo album Song of Seven in 1980, Vangelis did the same with See You Later on which Jon sang two songs. The two reunited to record their second album as a duo Friends of Mr Cairo in 1981, producing the hit songs "Friends of Mr Cairo", "State of Independence" ,"Back to School" and the UK top 10 hit "I'll Find My Way Home". In 1983, Jon Anderson got back with Yes and they published their album 90125, and so did Jon & Vangelis with their own album Private Collection the same year.

In 1986, the duo made a few attempts at writing a new album, but much of this work was never officially released under the Jon and Vangelis name. Twelve tracks were compiled on 1991's Page of Life, while other songs from these sessions appeared in later works, including "Let's Pretend", the last song on the 1989 album Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. Anderson ultimately took it upon himself to re-work Page of Life, which was released in 1998 in the United States only with nine tracks. In 2011, Anderson approached Vangelis for a possible new collaboration but he did not receive a reply.[2]



Year Album Chart positions
1980 Short Stories 4 125 65
1981 The Friends of Mr Cairo 6 64 9 2
1983 Private Collection 22 148 31 78
1991 Page of Life [A]


  1. ^ re-released in 1998 with different tracks

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
1984 The Best of Jon and Vangelis 42
1994 Chronicles


Year Song Chart positions Album
1979 "I Hear You Now" 8 9 53 69 58 Short Stories
1981 "The Friends of Mr Cairo" [A] 99 The Friends of Mr Cairo
"State of Independence"
"Outside of This" [B]
"Back to School" [C]
"I'll Find My Way Home" [D] 6 22 2 49 6 51
1983 "And When the Night Comes" 87 Private Collection
"He is Sailing" 61
"Deborah" [E]
"Polonaise" [F]
1984 "State of Independence" [re-release] 67 The Best of Jon and Vangelis
1991 "Wisdom Chain" Page of Life


  1. ^ Hit #1 in Canada
  2. ^ Released in The Netherlands
  3. ^ Released in Canada
  4. ^ Hit #1 in Switzerland
  5. ^ Released in Spain and Brazil
  6. ^ Released in France


  1. ^ Paul Simpson. "Jon & Vangelis | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  2. ^ "Interview:Jon Anderson". 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 160. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "JON & VANGELIS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par J". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  7. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  8. ^ "Jon & Vangelis Songs • Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2020-06-25.

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