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Alvin Lee of Ten Years After dies aged 68

Alvin Lee of Ten Years After dies aged 68

Alvin Lee, co-founder and guitarist with Ten Years After, has died aged 68.

According to a statement posted yesterday (March 6) on his website, Lee died from complications following surgery.

Born in Nottingham in 1944, Lee played in a number of local bands before he founded Ten Years After in 1966 with bassist Leo Lyons. They released their self-titled debut album in 1967. In 1969, they played the Newport Jazz Festival and, notably, Woodstock, where Lee led the band through a memorable version of "I'm Going Home" that you can watch below.

Ten Years After had eight Top 40 albums in the UK, before Lee left the band in 1973 to focus on his solo career. That same year, he released On The Road To Freedom with American musician Mylon LeFevre, which featured contributions from George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood and Mick Fleetwood.

Lee released his 14th record, Still on the Road to Freedom, in August last year.


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