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Trevor Rabin was Jewish.
From: "Yes" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=Y; viewed 23 November 2005):
In 1981, Yes broke up, and bassist Chris Squire set about forming a new group called Cinema. He recruited Yes drummer Alan White, Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye, and a South African Jewish guitarist named Trevor Rabin. Then Yes vocalist Jon Anderson asked if he could get involved, and Squire realized that he had virtually re-formed his old band. This proved to be the most commercially successful of the many incarnations Yes took during their thirty-year career. After over a decade of recording songs four times as long as anything on the radio and inspired by Stravinsky, Yes released a dance-pop album, 90125. Rabin's contributions included the single "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which became Yes's only number-one hit. In his native country, Rabin had been similarly successful, fronting the pop band Rabbitt, which has been called South Africa's answer to the Beatles. Rabin, who changed his name from Rabinowitz, was raised in a Reform household. He grew up observing Shabbat and singing in his synogogue choir, and despite the name change, he has never really left Judaism. In 2004, he told the San Diego Jewish journal that it helps to be a Jew in the world of rock and roll, because so many other musicians are also MOT. Indeed, Rabin wasn't the only Jew affiliated with Yes--their manager, Brian Lane, was born Harvey Freed.
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