Alvin Lee

Born in Nottingham England, ALVIN LEE began playing guitar age 13 and formed the core of the band Ten Years After by aged 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.

Audiences were immediately taken with Lee’s distinctive, soulful, rapid fire guitar playing and the band’s innovative mix of blues, swing jazz and rock, and an American love affair began. TYA would ultimately tour the USA 28 times in 7 years, more than any other U.K. band.

Appearing at the famed Woodstock Festival, Lee’s virtuoso performance was one of the highlights and remains today a standard for many other guitarists. Captured on film in the documentary of the festival, his inspired playing catapulted him into superstardom, and soon the band was playing arenas and stadiums around the globe. Although Lee later lamented that he missed the intimacy of smaller venues, there is no denying the impact the film made in bringing his music to a worldwide audience.

TYA had great success, releasing ten albums together, but by 1973 Lee was feeling limited by the band’s style. With American gospel singer Mylon LeFevre and a host of rock talents like George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood and Mick Fleetwood , he recorded and released On The Road To Freedom, a highly acclaimed album that was at the forefront of country rock. 

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Alvin Lee – Sterling Silver Strings Ring

Sterling Silver Ring made with strings used by the late great Alvin Lee.  These strings were on the guitars that Alvin had in his studio. His wife Evi kindly donated them to us. The ring comes in two styles as shown here.  The smaller thinner version (4mm) or a wider version (6mm) We will be in touch with the winner of the auction to get ring size and width preference. The ring will be in a luxury the guitarwrist presentation case. Please note, due to each item being hand made to order, during busy periods this item may take up to three weeks to be delivered once the auction is finished.