Alvin Lee, the former singer and guitarist in Ten Years After, died earlier today (Wednesday) after complications from a routine surgical procedure. He was 68.

His family has posted a statement on his website saying, "We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician."

Gater rockers who grew up watching "Woodstock" will never forget the performance of a fresh faced, long haired bouncy band leader named Alvin Lee and his band Ten Years After.  Its safe to say that most discovered this band after the movie, as many had heard of them but most had never heard them.  They didnt get much radio airplay, being a British Blues band, and many of their jams lasted 8, 9, 10 minutes or more.  Not a radio friendly combination.  

But the movie sparked a nationwide interest in just about all those bands, and Alvin Lee gained fame he had never known before.  Safe to say those that did discover his brand of blistering guitars meshed with hard core blues felt a musical experience they had never had before...and many became lifelong fans.

Alvin Lee went in for what they termed a routine operation, and never came back.  Too young at age 68.  And a reminder that there is no such thing as a "routine operation."  

We still have his music and for starters, try the Ten Years After "Live" double cd.  "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" never sounded better.