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Ten Years After Biography

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Birth Place: Nottingham, England
Years Active: 1967-1974, 1983, 1988-present
Genres: Blues-rock, British Blues, Rock And Roll, Hard Rock, Jazz Rock

Ten Years After is an English blues-rock band that hit the height of their success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band is most well-known for their hit singles, “I'm Going Home,” “Hear Me Calling,” “I'd Love to Change the World” and “Love Like a Man.”

The beginnings of Ten Years After can be traced to another band, The Jaybirds, which was formed by Ivan Jay on vocals and Ric Leeon on drums, Leo Lyons on bass, and Alvin Lee who eventually took over vocals from Jay. The Jaybirds moved to London in 1966 with Chick Churchill joining the band. The band played a number of clubs in and around London before being signed to Chrysalis Management and changing their name to Ten Years After. The band began a residency at the Marquee Club in London and in 1967 they were invited to play the Windsor Jazz Festival, which lead to a record deal with Decca Records. The band's self-titled debut album appeared later that same year.

1968 saw the band embark on a tour of Europe and the U.S. The band's second offering, “The live Undead,” produced the hit song, “I'm Going Home.” 1969 marked the band’s breakthrough appearance in America at Woodstock. Their rendition of “I'm Going Home” with Lee singing was featured in the subsequent film and Woodstock soundtrack. This exposure catapulted the band to instant stardom. 1970 marked the band's fifth studio album, “Cricklewood Green.” A label change came about in 1971 with the band singing to Columbia Records which released their album, “A Space in Time.” The album spawned the hit single, “I'd Love to Change the World.” These albums were a success and displayed a move toward more of a commercial sound for the band.

The band decided to go their separate ways in 1974 after their final Columbia Records album “Positive Vibrations.” The band members reunited in 1983 to play the Reading Festival in England, and released a new album “About Time” in 1989. 1994 saw the band get together again for the Eurowoodstock festival in Budapest, with Lee officially being replaced by Joe Gooch in 2003. The band put out the album “Roadworks” in 2005 with their new singer and followed-up with a tour in support of the album. Since then Lee has gone on to perform as a solo artist.