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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As with many of the other English beat groups of the '60s, Alvin Lee cut his musical teeth in Hamburg, Germany in a band called the Jaybirds. By 1966, back in England, he had changed the name of his band to Ten Years After and was rapidly becoming a major attraction because of the virtuosity of his solo work. ~ Allmusic: Alvin Lee ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 © Allmusic

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

Ten Years After

From the Midlands of England to a residency at London's famed Marquee Club to the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Ten Years After's ride to fame was built on some of the finest and most innovative blues/jazz/rock music being offered. Catapulted into superstardom as a result of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Alvin's Lee's dazzling performance in front of nearly 500,000 rock fans is still considered a standard by which other rock guitarists judge themselves. ~ Ten Years After ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 ©

“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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