Bill Bruford, born William Scott Bruford on May 17, 1949 in Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom is an English drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, and record label owner. Bill Bruford is best known as the original drummer for the progressive rock group Yes (1968-1972), touring with Genesis (1976), and the drummer for progressive rock band King Crimson (1972–1974, 1981–1984, 1994–1997).
In 1986, Bruford moved away from progressive rock to concentrate on jazz, leading his own jazz group, Earthworks (1986-1993, 1997-2008).
Bruford retired from public performance in 2009, but continues to run his two record labels and to speak about music. His autobiography, Bill Bruford: The Autobiography, was published in early 2009.