Alvin Lee Goes Home, 1944-2013

83nycpalladiumWho is this guy? That was the reaction I and all my budding musician friends had when we saw Alvin Lee’s performance of “I’m Goin’ Home” at Woodstock in 1969. Unbeknownst to most of us colonials, Lee had already been burning the six-string for four years before that across the pond.

He died in Spain from complications following “routine surgery.” He was 68.

Couldn’t help but be reminded of another great guitarist who died during a tonsillectomy. Routine surgery is never routine.

So long, Alvin. Say hi to Eddie for me.