By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Rock and Roll lost a legend today.
Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68.
His family posted on his official website:
“With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful much loved father and companion and the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”
Lee and Ten Years After are known by many for their 1971 hit song, “I’d Love to Change the World,” but the band truly kicked off their career at Woodstock in 1969. The following year, the film Woodstock featured the band performing their song “I’m Going Home,” complete with Lee’s epic guitar playing, and their sound became a concrete piece of the festival that changed the course of Rock history.
After his time with Ten Years After, Lee’s impressive resume included a series of solo albums. He also collaborated with several other artists through the years, most notably, George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Mick Fleetwood, and Ronnie Wood, who was featured on Lee’s final LP Still on the Road to Freedom, released just last year.
Alvin Lee, you will truly be missed.
Watch Lee and Ten Years After perform at Woodstock below, and leave your thoughts for the late guitarist in the comments section.