Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee dies, aged 68

Contemporary of Jimi Hendrix and more became a global star at 1969's Woodstock Festival

Alvin Lee, guitarist and leader of the group Ten Years After, has died aged 68.

Lee’s family reported on his official website that he died unexpectedly on March 6 following complications during routine surgery.

They write: “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. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician. Jasmin, Evi and Suzanne.”

A contemporary of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, Nottingham-born Lee formed Ten Years After in 1966, but cemented his place in rock history three years later with a star turn at 1969’s Woodstock Festival. A centrepiece of the film of the festival, Lee became a hippie icon as a result, and his band toured the US extensively.

Ten Years After had eight Top 40 albums in the UK and had their biggest hit in 1971 with ‘I’d Love To Change the World’. Lee worked with The Beatles’ George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood on his first solo album, ‘On The Road to Freedom’, which was released in 1973. His latest album, ‘Still On The Road To Freedom’, was released in August last year.