Legal name: Thomas Edward Yorke, Thomas Yorke
Also performs as: Dr Tchock
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He is known for his falsetto vocals. As a multi-instrumentalist, Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but also plays synthesiser, bass guitar and drums. In the 1990s, Yorke was known as a rock musician; the 2000 Radiohead album Kid A saw his work expand into electronic music.
Yorke was born in 1968 in Northamptonshire. His family moved often before settling in Oxfordshire, where Yorke attended Abingdon School and founded Radiohead with schoolmates. After he finished his degree at the University of Exeter, Radiohead signed to Parlophone; their early hit "Creep" made Yorke a celebrity, and Radiohead went on to achieve critical acclaim and multi-platinum sales.
Yorke released his debut solo album, The Eraser, in 2006. In 2009, he formed Atoms for Peace to perform songs from The Eraser, and in 2013 released an original album with the band, Amok. In 2014, he released his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. He has collaborated with artists including Flea, DJ Shadow, Björk, Flying Lotus and PJ Harvey. With artist Stanley Donwood, he creates artwork for Radiohead's albums. Outside music, Yorke is an activist on behalf of human rights, environmentalist and anti-war causes.
In 2002, Q named Yorke the sixth most powerful person in music. In 2005, readers of Blender and MTV2 voted Yorke the 18th greatest singer of all time. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Yorke the 66th greatest singer of all time.