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Alvin Lee (19 December 1944 - 6 March 2013) was famous as the guitarist in the seminal seventies rock band Ten Years After.

Born Graham Barnes in Nottingham England, Alvin Lee took up guitar at the age of thirteen. By the age of fifteen he had formed the group Jaybirds. Following in the footsteps of earlier beat groups such as the Beatles, the Jaybirds played the clubs in Hamburg, Germany to great local acclaim. On returning to London in 1966, the group changed its name to Ten Years After.

Ten Years After scored hits with many albums and became a popular touring band. The band gained note in America after their appearance at Woodstock in 1969.
Lee’s guitar work on ‘I’m Going Home’ on the ‘Woodstock’ album and film remains a standard for many rock guitarists to emulate.
Ten Years After played a mix of rock and blues tinged with jazz. In 1973, Lee left Ten Years After to pursue a solo career.

His first work was a collaborative effort with American gospel singer Mylon LeFevre on an album entitled On The Road To Freedom; other artists on the album included George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood and Steve Winwood. A year later he formed the band Alvin Lee & Company and released a double live album recorded at the Rainbow in London, In Flight.
Lee continued to record albums and play live until his death in 2013, thrilling audiences with his guitar virtuoso and nimble fingered fret work.


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  • anankhe

    R.I.P Alvin and Thank You.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    Song of the Red Rock Mountain / thx. Alvin for so fantastic music

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kurosh777

    he was a real genius . i think he's gone home now . R.I.P mr legend .

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Durrenmath

    Music In Peace , Alvin Lee Forever .

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • WSteven

    hope you found peace , love on

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • sbend

    REMEMBERED ALWAYS .good old days at the dancing slipper.

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BobioLangley

    Rock In Peace Alvin, you will never be forgotten.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • mayaberlin

    R.I.P. & thanks for the music *m

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dany_45

    R.I.P Alvin and Thank You.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • leedscounty

    R.I.P. Alvin

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • pusmiegs

    Oh, Alvin! Sad, so sad for the living ones to lose someone, who is immortal... Like P. B. Shelley wrote — „Soon, too soon“... R.I.P. His guitar playing style always pushes me to enjoy happiness or sadness or whatever, and not just to simply experience them. That's pretty unique and unforgettable!

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    alvin peace on you, one more of the best guitar artist are gone

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Max_Rock

    R.I.P. Alvin. I will always remember that concert back in 1992

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    R.I.P. GREAT MAN! You was one of my favorite guitarist. I'll never forget you till I die. >>

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Glimmertwin2

    R.I.P.Alvin....Für mich warst du einer der besten Gitarristen der Welt.Dein I'M GOING HOME war das erste Lied,was ich überhaupt auf Tonband aufgenommen habe.Ich werde dich vermissen,alter Knabe.Alvin is Going Home.....Grüße Jimi von mir,den triffst du bestimmt.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    R.I.P. Alvin. You will stay in our memory through your music

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • schmidter

    Alvin, your music lives on in us

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Rockarnold

    Alvin Speed Fingers Lee. Thanks...

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SamIAm55

    RIP Alvin Lee, thanks for the memories.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • electricchurch

    your music will be our company forever

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
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