Guitar Greats: Alvin Lee

When people think of the first Woodstock, they often think of guitar performances from the likes of Jimi Hendrix or Carlos Santana, but one of the biggest highlights from the festival came from Alvin Lee's blistering performance of "I'm Going Home" with Ten Years After.

In the wake of Lee's sudden passing in 2013, Slash said of Lee, "He was the first badass, super fast lead guitarist I remember hearing as a kid."  Brian May was also in awe of Lee stating, "His speed and dexterity, in the days when I would go as a student to the Marquee Club to see Ten Years After, was scary and exciting. He was daring enough to play and sing close to his limit every time."

As far as endorsements go, those aren't half bad.

 

Photo of Alvin LEE and TEN YEARS AFTER

Photo of Alvin LEE and TEN YEARS AFTER; Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, at Gladsaxe Teen Club, tuning guitar using tuning fork Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, at Gladsaxe Teen Club, tuning guitar using tuning fork.

 

Photo of TEN YEARS AFTER and Alvin LEE

Photo of TEN YEARS AFTER and Alvin LEE; Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, performing live onstage at Gladsaxe Teen Club, playing Gibson ES-335 guitar with Bigsby vibrato Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, performing live onstage at Gladsaxe Teen Club, playing Gibson ES-335 guitar with Bigsby vibrato.

 

Alvin Lee and Ten Years After in Concert - File Photos

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Alvin Lee and Ten Years After in Concert.

 

'10 Years After' Performing In Ohio

Singer Alvin Lee of the band 'Ten Years After' performs onstage in June 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of the band 'Ten Years After' performs onstage in June 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Ten Years After

Singer and guitarist Alvin Lee of English blues-rock band Ten Years After in concert at the London Coliseum, 19th September 1971. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of English blues-rock band Ten Years After in concert at the London Coliseum, 19th September 1971.

 

Alvin Lee At Reading

English rock guitarist Alvin Lee performing with Ten Years After at the Reading Festival, Reading, Berkshire, 13th August 1972. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee performing with Ten Years After at the Reading Festival, Reading, Berkshire, 13th August 1972.

 

Alvin Lee Performs Live In Germany

Alvin Lee of Alvin Lee And Company performs live on stage in Germany in December 1974 Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of Alvin Lee And Company performs live on stage in Germany in December 1974.

 

Ten Years After Live

Alvin Lee and 'Ten Years After' performing at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California on February 14, 1975. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee and 'Ten Years After' performing at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California on February 14, 1975.

 

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Alvin Lee performs with Ten Years After at Winterland in May 1978 in San Francisco, California.

 

Ten Years After Live

Alvin Lee playing with 'Ten Years Later' performing at Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, California on June 28,1979. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee playing with 'Ten Years Later' performing at Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, California on June 28,1979.

 

Alvin Lee

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Alvin Lee circa 1985.

 

Photo of TEN YEARS AFTER and Alvin LEE

Photo of TEN YEARS AFTER and Alvin LEE; Alvin Lee performing on stage, playing Gibson ES-335 guitar Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee performing on stage, playing Gibson ES-335 guitar.

 

Alvin Lee On Stage

Alvin Lee of Ten Years After performs on stage at the Anti WAAhnsinns Festival held in Burglengenfeld, Germany in July 1989. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee of Ten Years After performs on stage at the Anti WAAhnsinns Festival held in Burglengenfeld, Germany in July 1989.

 

Alvin Lee Performs In Spain

Alvin Lee performs on stage during Festival Internacional de Blues de Cerdanyola at Teatre Ateneu on May 11, 1995 in Cerdanyola, Spain. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Alvin Lee performs on stage during Festival Internacional de Blues de Cerdanyola at Teatre Ateneu on May 11, 1995 in Cerdanyola, Spain.

 

Woodstock - Ten Years After - I'm Going Home(Live)

Ten Years After - I'm Going Home(Live) Woodstock (August 17th 1969) Band members: Alvin Lee -- guitar, vocals, Leo Lyons -- bass, Ric Lee -- drums, Chick Churchill -- organ R.I.P. Alvin Lee