Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer for blues-rock band Ten Years After, died earlier today due to complications from surgery. He was 68.
A statement on his official site (via Spinner.com) broke the tragic news_backup: "With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning 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 music."
Born in Nottingham, England, Lee was best known for his incredible performance of "I'm Going Home" at the inaugural Woodstock festival. Displaying extremely gifted guitar skills and incorporating a medley of classic rock 'n' roll hits, the set led to Ten Years After playing in arenas around the world.
The band also had a hit with "I'd Love To Change The World" but broke up in 1973. Lee went on to have a successful solo career, collaborating with George Harrison, Steve Windwood, Mick Fleetwood and Ronnie Wood on his album "On The Road To Freedom". He would also record and tour with Jerry Lee Lewis, Mick Taylor and Scotty Moore. His last album was 2012's "Still On The Road To Freedom".
Watch Alvin Lee perform at Woodstock: