Guitarist Alvin Lee dies
Local resident Alvin Lee, the guitarist
and singer of Ten Years After, has died.
An announcement on the musician’s
official website read: “With great sadness we have to
announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this
morning after unforseen complications following a routine
“We have lost a wonderful and much
loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly
great and gifted musician.”
Lee, whose career began in the early
sixties, was launched to international stardom after an
incendiary performance at Woodstock, which showcased his
mastery of blues-rock guitar and turned his “Big Red”
Gibson ES-335 into an icon of the festival.
When Ten Years After split up in 1973,
Lee went on to release a number of albums, including On
The Road To Freedom, which included guest spots from the
likes of Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison, Steve Winwood
and Ron Wood. His last release, 2012′s Still On The Road
To Freedom, referenced his early solo success and
confirmed his place in the pantheon of rock greats.
Lee had lived in Spain with his German
wife for some twenty years, most recently in Estepona,
where the cover photo of his latest album was shot.