Thursday, March 21, 2013

He Went Home

Better late than never, they say, but the world lost a spectacular entertainer earlier this month. Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer for blues-rock band Ten Years After, died March sixth due to complications from surgery. He was 68.

A statement on his official site broke the tragic news: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away [the morning of March 6] after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted [musician]."

Born in Nottingham, England, Lee was best known for his incredible performance of "I'm Going Home" at the inaugural Woodstock festival.

I have been a fan of Alvin and Ten Years After since 1969. Whether I am beered up, smoked up, tripping, or straight Alvin and the boys have always gotten my feet to tapping and my air drums to beating.

Yes, Alvin Lee is missed.


  1. Well put, Jon. Alvin Lee didn't get the acclaim that was his due. He performed this medley with as much fire thirty years after! Lee belongs in the pantheon of rock and blues guitar masters.

  2. Thanks for your comment is always a pleasure to hear from you.