Singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
Guitarist ~ Singer
Ten Years After
birth name: Graham Barnes

Alvin Lee

December 19, 1944, Nottingham, England ~ March 6, 2013, Spain

He was persuaded to take up clarinet by his musically-inclined family. But, after listening to a few of his parents Big Bill Broonzy records, Alvin moved on to the guitar. His first was a Spanish model, but he swapped it for an electric Guyatone when he was 13. He formed his first group then, the rock & roll inclined Jailbreakers, after inspiration from his favourite guitarist Scotty Moore. ~ Alvin Lee ~ retrieved December 14, 2013 ©

We have lost a wonderful much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great musician. ~ Alvin Lee ~ retrieved December 14, 2013 ©

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A guitarist of innate feel for his instrument, Lee was able to go beyond blues and rock into his own very singular style, but could also deliver the traditional formula with such fierce emotion and so much flair, without ever losing momentum, that your forgot his extraordinary technique and saw bigger realities beyond his instrument and beyond distinctions between genres. ~ Hard Rock Haven: Alvin Lee Obituary ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Hardrock Haven

Alvin Lee ~ Voted #95 Classic Rock Magazine's 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007.

Ten Years After

In 1966 The Jaybirds moved to London, where Chick Churchill joined the group. That November the quartet signed a manager, Chris Wright, and decided to change its name to Blues Trip, Blues Yard (under which they played a show at the Marquee Club supporting the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), and finally in November 1966, to Ten Years After. This name was taken in honor of Elvis Presley, an idol of Lee's; Presley's year of enormous success - 1956 - accounts for the band's name. ~ Wikipedia: Ten Years After ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 © Wikipedia

“The strange thing was we had gone to what I considered to be the home of the blues, but they’d never heard of most of them, and I couldn’t believe it - ‘Big Bill who?’ ” Mr. Lee recalled in a 2003 interview with Classic Rock magazine. “We were recycling American music and they were calling it the English sound.” ~ New York Times: Alvin Lee Obituary ~ March 6, 2013 © New York Times

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