Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Alvin Lee has passed

I got this off of the Alvin Lee website. This is an incredible loss! My thoughts are with his family and friends. WITH GREAT SADNESS WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THAT ALVIN UNEXPECTEDLY PASSED AWAY EARLY THIS MORNING AFTER UNFORSEEN COMPLICATIONS FOLLOWING A ROUTINE SURGICAL PROCEDURE. WE HAVE LOST A WONDERFUL MUCH LOVED FATHER AND COMPANION, THE WORLD HAS LOST A TRULY GREAT AND GIFTED MUSICIAN. JASMIN, EVI AND SUZANNE   If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!


  1. I don't know if it's an subjective feeling' but too many Classic Rock legends leave us and go to this great gig in the sky… in my youth I was a rock reporter In a major Israeli daily newspaper and being a member of one of Israel's pioneering Prog bands in the 70s got to meet and interview many Rock musicians some of them becoming personal friends.
    In the 80's I established in Tel Aviv a Jam session club that hosted many of the Bands that came to Tour Israel and even recorded an album with members of Van there Graaf, Guy Evans and Nick potter.
    I met Alvin Lee the first time in London, Jon Lord of Deep Purple introduced me to him after a gig in the Hammersmith Odeon. when arriving in Israel with his band Alvin agreed to participate in A jam Session I've put up in a local Rock venue in Tel Aviv with all the Leading rock musician in Israel.,.. Alvin had the time of his life and asked me to join him on Keyboards with his band - Alan Young and Fuzzy Samuels (member of Crosby, Stills & Nash band).
    The next day Alvin had a special request: he wanted to visit the dead sea... I agreed in one condition – that we will take along his red Les Paul guitar so I can take a photo of it in the lowest place in the world.
    We drove down the next day and Alvin brought with him a guitar and played a wonderful Blues and named it "The Dead Sea Blues". Although he had fully booked gigs Alvin said that he can't resist playing the guitar any moment of the day… he didn’t miss any opportunity to jam with Israel's Local musicians that were taken by his charm and artistic generosity. In our last conversation he described the late Jon Lord as a "True English gentleman". Well, today' I can say the same thing about Alvin. Not only was a virtuoso - Alvin a great musician and great human being. On behalf of the older generation of rock musicians in Israel and Israeli rock lovers I can say one thing – we will all miss him – Alvin is going home for the last time.