Alvin Lee, guitarist for British blues rock outfit Ten Years After, died earlier today due to complications from a routine surgery. Via Exclaim:
The sad news was announced on his website by his wife and daughters, who wrote, “We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”
The Nottingham, UK-born Lee began his lengthy career in the early 1960s with a band called the Jaybirds. The group changed their moniker several times before eventually landing on the name Ten Years After. It was under this name that they achieved success, releasing albums through the Decca subsidiary Deram Records and, later, Columbia.
The band’s fame spread after their appearance at Woodstock in 1969, and their Lee-sung rendition of “I’m Going Home” was included in the Woodstock film (watch that performance below). Their other well-known tunes included “I’d Love to Change the World,” “Love Like a Man” and “Hear Me Calling.”
Lee was 68.