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Alvin Lee: Ten Years After Guitarist Of Woodstock Fame Dies At 68

Thu, March 7, 2013 7:54am EDT by Chris Rogers 2 Comments
Alvin Lee Dead

So sad. Another music legend has died. The Ten Years After guitarist will surely be missed.

Alvin Lee, who performed a monumental 11-minute version of his song “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock, died on March 6, according to his website.

“With great sadness, we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure,” the message read on, signed by Lee’s daughter, Jasmin, wife, Evi, and former companion Suzanne. “We have lost a wonderful, much loved father and companion. The world has lost a great and truly gifted musician.”

Alvin, who was born in Nottingham, England, in 1944, and later became the lead guitarist of Ten Years After, died on March 6.

Alvin’s 1969 Woodstock Performance

Though Ten Years After never had a top 10 album in America, Alvin earned his status as a musician after his infamous Woodstock performance.

In an image from the 1973 book “Rock Dreams,” Alvin, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend are pictured in tuxedos carrying guitar cases into a building.

“Groups would play for an hour without pausing, not to be mobbed or screamed at but in hopes of an ovation,” critic Nik Cohn wrote in the caption.

Alvin released his last album, “Still on the Road to Freedom,” in August 2012.

What do you remember about Alvin Lee, HollywoodLifers?

WATCH: Woodstock – Ten Years After – I’m Going Home(Live)
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