Remembering Alvin Lee
December 19, 1944 — March 6, 2013
And if you say Alvin Lee or Ten Years After, most music fans will say, "I'm Goin' Home" and think of his Woodstock Music and Art Fair performance.
Happy birthday Alvin Lee
So much fame from that song’s performance likely surprised Lee. An albatross laying a golden egg. He was already a great guitarist when he began his trek along 1969's festival trail. How many times did he play “I’m Going Home” that summer? He had already played at the Bath Festival of Blues on June 28. The Newport Jazz Festival (July 3 – 6), The Laurel Pop Festival (July 11 – 12). The Seattle Pop Festival (July 25 – 27). And would play again a the Texas International Pop Festival (August 30 – September 1).
But its filming at Woodstock preserved it and sent it worldwide. His name was and will forever be associated with that song and that performance.
Some facts about Lee:
- originally influenced by his parent’s collection of jazz and blues records
- began playing guitar age 13
- by aged 15 his Jaybirds band formed the core of Ten Years After
- moved to London and changed the band’s name to Ten Years After in 1966
- the band’s performance at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in 1967 led to their first recording contract.
- October 1967. Release of Ten Years After, the band’s first album.
- concert promoter Bill Graham who invited the band to tour America for the first time in the summer of 1968. Ten Years After would ultimately tour the USA 28 times in 7 years, more than any other U.K. band.
- Ten Years After had great success, releasing ten albums together between 1967 and 1973.
- after the breakup of Ten Years After, Lee continue to form bands and record music.
- Lee’s overall musical output includes more than 20 albums.
- neither Alvin Lee nor Ten Years After are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Alvin Lee website >>> Lee's site
Lee died on March 6, 2013 >>> NYT Obit
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