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Rock Rewind: Yes “Owner Of a Lonely Heart”

Progressive rock band Yes had achieved icon status in the rock world long before “Owner Of a Lonely Heart” came out in 1983. In fact, they had been there, done that, and called it a day as of two years prior. As it turned out, several of the original Yes members had found their way into another band called Cinema, and at the request of the record label executives, re-assumed the name Yes. This reincarnation of the band, along with the album 90125, signified a complete change of sound and direction for them.

Remarkably, 90125 became Yes’ all-time best-selling album, and while they already had a solid global following, the single “Owner Of a Lonely Heart” marked the first and only time the band had a song top the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Years later, many of us can instantly remember this song within the first notes of its unmistakable searing guitar riff—making it a landmark song of the early 1980s. Enjoy!

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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