Alvin Lee - The Ten Years After Years
1967: Ten Years After secures a residency at the
legendary Marquee Club in London. Their success
leads to an invitation to play at the renowned
Windsor Jazz Festival, and that performance
leads to a a recording contract with Deram
(three months after being turned down by
Deram's parent company, Decca). They are
the first band signed without benefit of
a hit single. In October, their self-titled
first album is released in the U.K.
1968: TYA are flying high, with successful tours
of Scandinavia and an invitation to tour
America. They record their second album UNDEAD
live at Klook's Kleek in London, which is
released in the summer in the U.S. and later
in the year in the U.K.
In June they travel to the US
for the first
time at the request of promoter
They begin a seven week tour
in Los Angeles
and perform back-to-back weekends
Fillmore West. Their reception
is so good
that Canned Heat, who they opened
first time they played Fillmore
to the stage saying "We
don't know who
those guys are, but they deserve
to be where
we are" . Bill Graham seems
as they are moved up on the bill
September - Stonedhenge is recorded (3rd
1969: February - Stonedhenge is released in the
U.K. (it follows in March in
the USA). -
TYA take off for another US tour,
at New York's Fillmore East (28th)
June - Ssssh is recorded.
July - TYA appear at the legendary
Jazz Festival, the first time
have been invited.
August - TYA appear at the Woodstock
& Arts Festival (17th). Ssssh
1970: April - Cricklewood Green is released in
the UK, following in the US on
Love Like a Man" is released,
TYA their first hit single in
the UK. On
the 29th, they appear at the
Isle of Wight
September: The documentary film
December - Watt is released.
their 9th US tour
1971: September - TYA begin their first UK tour
in 18 months. Dates are added
to the original
schedule to accomodate the demand
October - A Space in Time is
is certified gold by December.
Love to Change the World",
most successful single, is never
November - USA tour #12 begins.
On the 18th,
TYA play to a sold-out, 20,000
1972: May - Alvin Lee & Company, a collection
of previously recorded and unreleased
October - Rock & Roll Music
to The World
1973: April- On the road in the US again.
May - a second TYA tour in JapaN
June - Recorded Live is released.
The band takes the second half
of the year
off to pursue other projects.
Alvin Lee and
gospel-rocker Mylon LeFevre assemble
of rock's greats, including George
Ron Wood and Steve Winwood, and
The Road to Freedom
1974: January - With the release of On The Road
to Freedom, news of a TYA break-up is rampant.
But the band heads for the studio to record
March - On a dare, Alvin Lee
group of musicians and singers
Alvin Lee & Company to play
Rainbow Theatre on the 22nd.
is released as In Flight.
April - TYA tour the UK. It turns
be their last appearance in the
May - Positive Vibrations is
by another USA tour.
November - Alvin Lee begins to
Alvin Lee & Company
1975: August: TYA begin their 28th tour of the
US. It will be 1988 when they play in North
Alvin's third solo album, Pump
Iron, is released.