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Alvin Lee: 1944-2013

By March 7, 2013

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Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee, the nimble-fingered guitarist and bluesy vocalist for Ten Years After in its early years has died unexpectedly at the age of 68. He had not been ill, but died of "unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure" according to a statement on Lee's website.

The original TYA formed in 1966, and released eight albums before breaking up in 1974. When his latest solo album, Still On The Road To Freedom was released in August of last year, Lee said the breakup couldn't happen too soon for him. "I decided to take the road to freedom rather than the road to fame and fortune. I was in danger of joining the dead before 30 club." He said he wanted to be a solo artist so he could "make music of my own choice without worrying about what other people thought or expected."

Lee's former TYA band mate, Leo Lyons tells Classic Rock magazine, "He was the closest thing I had to a brother. We had our differences, but we shared so many great experiences together that nothing can take away. I will miss him very much. He was an inspiration for a generation of guitar players. Keep on rockin', Alvin!"

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Photo © Alvin Lee


March 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm
(1) Otto Greenleaf says:

A Space In Time is one of my favorite 60′s rock records and it definitely has to be one of the best of that era. RIP Alvin.

April 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(2) kevin begin says:

I’ll be doing 1-1/2 hour tribute to Alvin my campsite on a 2000 watt system during the Moondance Jam in Walker, MNů It’ll start with a few of his more subdued tones to lay him to rest and then transition into something that will Keep a Rockin’….All the time!….

RIP (Rock in Peace) Alvin!

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