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] and 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]

Ten Years After
Ten Years After in 1970
(Top, Leo Lyons, left, Chick Churchill, right, Ric Lee, front, Alvin Lee)
Background information
OriginNottingham, United Kingdom
Years active
  • 1966–75
  • 1983
  • 1988–present
MembersChick Churchill
Ric Lee
Marcus Bonfanti
Colin Hodgkinson
Past membersAlvin Lee
Leo Lyons
Joe Gooch


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, known since 1962 as the Jaybirds and later as Ivan Jay and the Jaymen, Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons founded Ten Years After. Ivan Jay (born Ivan Joseph Harrison, 1939, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, died in 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, vocals from 1960 to 1962.

In 1966, The Jaybirds moved to London to back The Ivy League.[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. They again changed their name, 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).

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 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" (it was released also as a single, and covered in 1972 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 26–27 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, 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 45rpm, and a nearly eight-minute live version at 33rpm. 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 (U.S.) and Chrysalis (U.K.) 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] The members 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' . In 1988, the members reunited for a few concerts and recorded the album About Time (1989) with producer Terry Manning in Memphis.[11][13] 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 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 members



Studio albums

Release Date US UK Certification Label
Ten Years After 1967 Deram
Stonedhenge 1969 61 6 Deram
Ssssh 1969 20 4 Deram
Cricklewood Green 1970 14 4 Deram
Watt 1970 21 5 Deram
A Space in Time 1971 17 36 US: Platinum Columbia
Rock & Roll Music to the World 1972 43 27 Columbia
Positive Vibrations 1974 81 Columbia
About Time 1989 120 Chrysalis
Now 2004 Ten Years After
Evolution 2008 Ten Years After
A Sting in the Tale 2017 Ten Years After

Live albums

Release Date US UK
Undead Deram, 1968 115 26
BBC Sessions 1967–1968
Recorded Live Columbia, 1973 39 36
The Friday Rock Show Sessions - Live At Reading 1983 Raw Fruit Records, 1990
Live 1990 Edsel Records, 1993
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

Compilation albums

  • Double Deluxe (1970)
  • Ten Years After (1971)
  • Alvin Lee and Company (Deram, 1972) (US #55)
  • Goin' Home! (Deram, 1975)
  • Classic Performances of Ten Years After (Columbia, 1976)
  • London Collectors Edition – Greatest Hits (London, 1977)
  • Profile (1979)
  • Ten Years After (1980)
  • Hear Me Calling (Decca, 1980; A Tony Watts compilation)
  • Time Warps (1983)
  • The Collection (1985)
  • At Their Peak (1987)
  • Universal (Chrysalis, 1987)
  • Portfolio: A History (Chrysalis, 1988)
  • The Essential Ten Years After Collection (Chrysalis, 1991)
  • Pure Blues (Chrysalis, 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)


  • 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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