Alvin Lee Of Ten Years After Dies At Age 68

Alvin Lee Of Ten Years After Dies At Age 68

March 6, 2013 is reporting that British blues rock great Alvin Lee, a guitarist and singer whose scorching performance at Woodstock propelled his band Ten Years After to wide fame, died on Wednesday of “unforeseen complications” from a routine surgery, family members announced on his website. He was 68.

“We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion,” said the statement from his wife and daughters. “The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”

The UK band’s intense 11-minute performance of “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock in 1969 was immortalized in the documentary about the festival, with director Michael Wadleigh focusing almost exclusively on Lee the entire time. With the film’s success, the band’s popularity ballooned and they began playing larger venues around America.

Formed in 1966 in Nottingham, Ten Years After stayed active until 1973, scoring four hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including one top 40 hit: “I’d Love to Change the World” (No. 40).

Like many of their peers in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the band found more success with their albums. The band logged 12 entries on the Billboard 200 chart, including five top 40 albums: “SSSSH” (No. 20 in 1969), “Cricklewood Green” (its highest charting album, No. 14 in 1970), “Watt” (No. 21 in 1971), “A Space in Time” (No. 17 in 1971) and “Recorded Live” (No. 39 in 1973).

After leaving the group, Lee launched a prolific solo career with 1973’s “On the Road to Freedom,” a collaboration with Mylon LeFevre that featured guest spots by George Harrison, Steve Winwood and Ron Wood.

Seven of his 14 solo efforts charted on the Billboard 200, with the highest being 1975’s “In Flight” (No. 65).

Lee’s most recent entry on any Billboard chart was in 1986, when the album “Detroit Diesel” hit No. 124 on the Billboard 200. It’s title track also reached No. 24 on the Mainstream Rock airplay tally that same year. His final album, “Still on the Road to Freedom,” was released last year.

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