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The Day in Music – January 13, 1954 – Guitarist Composer Trevor Rabin was born!!

Trevor Rabin

On this day in 1954 guitarist, composer Trevor Rabin was born  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.

Now I must admit, that once again , Trevor’s name is familiar, but not his music. So off I went to explore!


The fist time that Rabin played with a band that appears  my vinyl collection, well actually my wife’s vinyl which I have inherited, was in 1981 (ah, the years of my children’s music listening), when Rabin started playing with two musicians recovering picking up the pieces after the breakup of their band. The musicians were  bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan Whiten both at that point were former members of Yes. They collaborating under the name of Cinema. Soon they added two other ex-members of Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye to complement their live performances and Trevor Horn, who was acting as the producer on the album. The album came together as 90125. Then…….

 Squire encountered longtime Yes vocalist Jon Anderson at a Los Angeles party and Anderson expressed interest in hearing what Cinema were working on. Squire acquiesced, and Anderson was so impressed by the songs he heard, especially “Leave It”, that he joined the group very late in the recording of 90125, contributing vocals and lyrics to the mostly already-written songs. Now featuring four former members of Yes (not even counting the producer), the band and record company (over Rabin’s objections) chose to revive the Yes name rather than call the project Cinema Read More;

90125 went on to become….

…. the eleventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in 1983 on Atco Records. It was the first studio album since their 1981 breakup and the first to feature Trevor Rabin, and also marked the return of vocalist Jon Anderson, who had quit the band prior to their tenth studio album of 1980. It also marked the first time in twelve years that original keyboardist Tony Kaye had appeared with the group.

The lead single, “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” became the band’s first (and only) US #1 hit, driving 90125 to the Top 5 and helping it sell three million copies in the US, by far Yes’s most successful album. Read More

I said I was unfamiliar with his music but when I went to Spotify I see that Rabin scored both  of the National Treasure movies which I love!   Overall…..

Trevor Rabin has scored over three dozen films which include: Bad CompanyCon AirHomegrownArmageddonJack Frost (in which Rabin appeared onscreen in two scenes), Deep Blue Sea,Gone in 60 SecondsRemember the TitansThe 6th DayThe Banger SistersKangaroo JackBad Boys IIThe Great RaidExorcist: The BeginningNational TreasureCoach CarterGlory RoadSnakes on a PlaneThe Glimmer ManFlyboysGridiron GangHot RodThe GuardianNational Treasure: Book of SecretsGet SmartRace to Witch Mountain12 RoundsG-Force, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Along with several Grammy nominations and one Grammy win, Trevor Rabin also has received eleven BMI film score awards, and has received 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 U.S. 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 (the latter being a remix of the longtime CBS college basketball theme). Read More

So overall I guess there are several places that I know Trevor Rabin’s music from!!

In his spare time (when is that?) Rabin his released seven solo albums. The latest is his 2012 release Jacaranda.

So let’s all say it in unison “Happy Birthday, Trevor and Thanks for all the great music!! Here’s Rabin performing “Anerly Road” from the album Jacaranda!!