Former Ten Years After Guitarist Alvin Lee Dead at 68

March 6th, 2013

Former Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee died today at age 68.

A statement posted on his official website today reads: “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.

“We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”

Lee, whose career started in the early ’60s, became a star after Ten Years After’s 1969 performance at the Woodstock festival, which showcased his lightning-fast, fret-burning runs and mastery of the blues-rock idiom.

“I’m Going Home,” the Ten Years After song that appeared in the 1970 Woodstock film, is a full-on, blues-rocking experience. The adrenaline-fueled performance, a nod to vintage blues and ’50s rock, put Lee’s name among a short list of elite guitarists — at least for a while.

“The solo on the movie sounds pretty rough to me these days,” Lee told Guitar World last summer. “But it had the energy, and that was what Ten Years After were all about at the time.”

The performance led to more festivals, a label change and their biggest hit, 1971’s “I’d Love to Change the World.” Although a version of Ten Years After still tours today, they’ve been doing it without Lee for several years.

When Ten Years After originally split in 1973, Lee released several solo albums, including On The Road To Freedom, which included guest spots from George Harrison and Ron Wood. His last release was 2012’s Still On The Road To Freedom. Lee and Harrison would record together several times over the decades; Lee appears on Harrison’s Dark Horse album, and Harrison and Lee take turns soloing on “The Bluest Blues” from Lee’s I Hear You Rockin’ disc. Harrison also appears on Lee’s Zoom LP.

Guitar World conducted one of the last interviews with Lee, and you can check it out here.




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  1. Posted by Peter Giuliano on March 6th, 2013, 15:10 [Reply]

    Rock in peace Alvin

  2. Posted by Will on March 6th, 2013, 19:37 [Reply]

    My condolences to his family.
    50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain is one of my favorite tunes. The passion and fire that lit the world up! He left a lasting impression on me. I know we all die, but when it happens it still hurts. May you enter His rest until the resurection and then we will have a new song to sing.

    • Posted by Cosette on March 31st, 2013, 04:08 [Reply]

      March 31, 2013

      The nicest obituary I have read in a long time.

      Thank you Will!

      The Lord Bless You!

      A Blessed Resurrection Sunday to you and your family.


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