Alvin Lee Dies; Guitarist Was 68

    March 7, 2013

Guitarist Alvin Lee, most famous for playing lead guitar and singing with the band Ten Years After, has died.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Lee died in Spain on Wednesday, March 6 due to complications from routine surgery.

Lee learned to play guitar as a teenager and formed Ten Years After in 1966. The band found success in England and went on to fame in the U.S. after it played an 11-minute version of its song “I’m Going Home” at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.

After leaving Ten Years After in 1974, Lee went on to record and tour with a variety of famous musicians. In 1973 he and Mylon LeFevre released On the Road to Freedom, and album recorded with guest stars such as George Harrison and Steve Winwood. Lee pursued a solo career throughout the 70s, and in the 80s toured with artists such as John Mayall and Mick Taylor.

Lee’s last album, titled Still on the Road to Freedom, was released in September 2012.

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