Ten Years After

Ten Years After are a British blues rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart.[1] In addition they had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200.[2]

Ten Years After
Ten Years After in 1970 (Top, Leo Lyons, left, Chick Churchill, right, Ric Lee, front, Alvin Lee)
Ten Years After in 1970
(Top, Leo Lyons, left, Chick Churchill, right, Ric Lee, front, Alvin Lee)
Background information
OriginNottingham, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active
  • 1966–75
  • 1988–present
    One-off reunion: 1983
Labels
Associated actsTen Years Later
Websiteten-years-after.co.uk
MembersChick Churchill
Ric Lee
Marcus Bonfanti
Colin Hodgkinson
Past membersAlvin Lee
Leo Lyons
Joe Gooch

They are best known for tracks such as "I'm Going Home", "Hear Me Calling", "I'd Love to Change the World" and "Love Like a Man". Their musical style consisted of blues rock[3][4][5][6][7] and hard rock.[8]

HistoryEdit

Formation: 1962–1966Edit

 
Leo Lyons and Joe Gooch of Ten Years After at Suwałki Blues Festival, 2009

The band's core formed in late 1960 as Ivan Jay and the Jaycats. After several years of local success in the Nottingham/Mansfield area, they changed their name to the Jaybirds in 1962 and later to Ivan Jay and the Jaymen. Ivan Jay (born Ivan Joseph Harrison, 1939, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire; died April 2009, USA) sang lead vocals from late 1960 to 1962 and was joined by Ric Lee in August 1965, replacing drummer Dave Quickmire (born David Quickmire, 1940, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire), who had replaced Pete Evans (born Peter Evans, 1940, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire) in 1962. Roy Cooper (born 11 November 1943, Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire) played rhythm guitar, plus did vocals from 1960 to 1962. The Jaybirds moved to London to back the Ivy League in 1966.[9] In the same year, Chick Churchill joined the group as keyboard player. That November, the quartet signed a manager, Chris Wright, and changed their name to Blues Trip. Using the name Blues Yard they played one show at the Marquee Club supporting the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons again changed their name in 1966 to Ten Years After – in honour of Elvis Presley,[10] one of Lee's idols.[10] (This was ten years after Presley's successful year, 1956).[9][11] Some sources[12] claim that the name was pulled by Leo Lyons from a magazine, advertising a book, Suez Ten Years After (referring to the Suez Crisis).

Classic Ten Years After: 1967–1974Edit

The group was the first act booked by the soon-to-be Chrysalis Agency. It secured a residency at the Marquee, and was invited to play at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1967. That performance led to a contract with Deram, a subsidiary of Decca — the first band Deram signed without a hit single. In October 1967 they released the self-titled debut album, Ten Years After.[13] In 1968, after touring Scandinavia and the United States, Ten Years After released a second album, the live Undead, with a first version of the noteworthy song, "I'm Going Home".[13] They followed this in February 1969 by the studio issue Stonedhenge, a British hit that included another well-known track, "Hear Me Calling", which was also released as a single. (In 1972, this song was covered by the British glam rock rising stars, Slade.) In July 1969, the group appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, in the first event rock bands were invited to. Between 26 and 27 July 1969, they appeared at the Seattle Pop Festival held at Gold Creek Park. On 17 August, the band performed a breakthrough American appearance at Woodstock; their rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring Alvin Lee as lead singer/lead guitar, was featured in both the subsequent film and soundtrack album and catapulted them to star status.[13] In 1970, Ten Years After released "Love Like a Man", the group's only hit in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #10.[1] It was the first record issued with a different playing speed on each side: a three-minute edit at 45 rpm, and a nearly eight-minute live version at 33 rpm.[citation needed] The full studio version song appeared on the band's fifth album, their most successful in Britain, Cricklewood Green.[13] In August 1970, they played the Strawberry Fields Festival near Toronto, and the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.[14]

In 1971, the band switched labels to Columbia Records (US) and Chrysalis (UK) and released the hit album A Space in Time, which marked a move toward more commercial material.[13] It featured the group's biggest hit, "I'd Love to Change the World".[13] In late 1972, the group issued their second Columbia album Rock & Roll Music to the World and, in 1973, the live double album Ten Years After Recorded Live. The band subsequently broke up after their final 1974 Columbia album, Positive Vibrations.[13]

Break up and reformationEdit

In the second half of the 1970s and early 1980s, Alvin actively toured with a new band he called Ten Years Later. The original Ten Years After reunited in 1983 to play the Reading Festival,[15] and this performance was later released on CD as The Friday Rock Show Sessions – Live at Reading '83' .

Reunion, split with Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons: 1988–presentEdit

In 1988, the members reunited for a few concerts and recorded the album About Time (1989) with producer Terry Manning in Memphis.[11][13] They stayed together for their longest continuous period, until 2003, however without releasing new studio effort. In 1994, they participated in the Eurowoodstock festival in Budapest. In 2003, the other band members replaced Alvin Lee with Joe Gooch, and recorded the album, Now.[13] Material from the following tour was used for the 2005 double album, Roadworks.[13] Alvin Lee mostly played and recorded under his own name following his split from the band. He died from complications during a routine medical procedure on 6 March 2013.[16][17][18] Ric Lee is also currently[when?] in a band called Ric Lee's Natural Born Swingers, along with Bob Hall. In January 2014, it was announced that both Gooch and Lyons had left Ten Years After.[19] Two months later, veteran bass player Colin Hodgkinson and singer/guitarist Marcus Bonfanti were announced as their replacements.[20] In October 2017, the band released its most recent studio album, A Sting in the Tale.[21][22]

Band membersEdit

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Release Date US
[23]
AUS
[24]
CAN
[25]
GER
[26]
FIN
[27]
FR
[28]
IT
[29]
DEN
[30]
NDL
[31]
SW
[32]
NOR
[33]
UK
[34]
Certification Label
Ten Years After 1967 4 Deram
Stonedhenge 1969 61 1 6 Deram
Ssssh 20 10 6 14 9 7 16 4 Deram
Cricklewood Green 1970 14 19 11 8 8 14 17 4 8 4 Deram
Watt 21 13 16 9 7 9 8 5 2 13 8 5 Deram
A Space in Time 1971 17 18 21 35 11 2 9 13 36 Columbia
Rock & Roll Music to the World 1972 43 19 30 22 3 8 15 27 Columbia
Positive Vibrations 1974 81 84 78 5 19 18 Columbia
About Time 1989 120 87 Chrysalis
Now 2004 Ten Years After
Evolution 2008 Ten Years After
A Sting in the Tale 2017 Ten Years After


Live albumsEdit

Title Release Date US
[23]
AUS
[24]
CAN
[25]
AUT
[37]
GER
[26]
FIN
[27]
FR
[28]
IT
[29]
DEN
[30]
SW
[32]
NOR
[33]
UK
[34]
Undead Deram, 1968 115 26
Recorded Live Columbia, 1973 39 42 29 8 10 28 6 25 1 11 9 36
The Friday Rock Show Sessions - Live At Reading 1983 Raw Fruit Records, 1990
Live 1990 Edsel Records, 1993
BBC Sessions 1967-1968 2000
Live at the Fillmore East 1970 (double album) Capitol, 2001
One Night Jammed (Live) Fast Western, 2003
Roadworks (double album) Ten Years After, 2005
The Name Remains the Same Kultopolis, 2014
Naturally Live Butler Records, 2019
Live in Finland 2020


Compilation albumsEdit

Title[38] Release Date US
[23]
CAN
[25]
DEN
[30]
SW
[32]
NOR
[33]
UK
[34]
Label
Double Deluxe 1970
Ten Years After 1971
Alvin Lee and Company 1972 55 60 1 Deram
Goin' Home! 1975
Classic Performances of Ten Years After 1976 Columbia
London Collectors Edition – Greatest Hits 1977 London
Profile 1979
Ten Years After 1980
Hear Me Calling 1980 Decca
Time Warps 1983
The Collection 1985
At Their Peak 1987
Universal 1987 Chrysalis
Portfolio: A History 1988
The Essential Ten Years After Collection 1991
Pure Blues 1995
I'm Going Home 1996
Premium Gold Collection 1998
The Best of Ten Years After 2000
The Very Best 'Ten Years After' Album Ever 2001
Ten Years After Anthology 2002
Best: Love Like a Man 2003
The Essential 2004
Think About the Times: The Chrysalis Years 1969-1972 2010
Ten Years After 1967-1974 [10-CD Box Set] 2017
Cap Ferrat Sessions (archive) 2019
Top Ten from Ten Years After 2020

SinglesEdit

Year Single UK
[39]
US
[40]
CAN
[25]
FIN
[27]
FR
[28]
GER
[26]
DEN
[30]
NDL
[31]
AUT
[41]
BEL
[42]
IRE
[43]
1968 "Portable People" 43
"I'm Going Home" / "Hear Me Calling" 12 11 28
1970 "Love Like a Man" 10 98 56 37 9 1 19 8 26 13
"I'm Coming On" 4
1971 "I'd Love to Change the World" 40 10
"Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'n Roll You" 61 54
1972 "Choo Choo Mama" 89
1973 "Tomorrow I'll Be Out Of Town"
1974 "It's Getting Harder"
1989 "Highway of Love"

BibliographyEdit

  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, Star Books, 1975. ISBN 0-352-30074-4.
  • Paytress, Mark (January 1997). "Ten Years After". Record Collector. No. 221. pp. 84–89.
  • Alvin Lee and Ten Years After – Visual History – Herb Staehr, Free Street Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0970870001

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