Alvin Lee (born December 19, 1944) is an English rock guitarist who was famous throughout the 1960s for his work with the The Jaybirds, and in the 1960s and 1970s with Ten Years After.
Born in Nottingham, England, he began playing guitar at the age of thirteen, and formed the core of the band Ten Years After by the age of just 15. Originally influenced by his parent's collection of jazz and blues records, it was the advent of rock and roll that truly sparked his interest and creativity, and guitarists like Chuck Berry and Scotty Moore provided his inspiration.
The Jaybirds, as Lee's early band was called, were popular locally, and had success in Hamburg, Germany, following the Beatles there in 1962. But it wasn't until the band moved to London in 1966 and changed its name, first to Jaybird, dropping 'The' and 's' to make it sound more contemporary, then finally to Ten Years After (TYA) that international success beckoned. The band secured a residency at the legendary Marquee Club, and an invitation to the famous Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in 1967 led to their first recording contract. The self titled debut album surprisingly received play on San Fra...