Courtesy of Leo Lyons Com
Among the great success stories to emerge from the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, British blues barons Ten Years After were essentially a one-trick pony; however their singular stunt afforded the lads several hit albums, extensive FM radio play, and two unquestionable classic rock anthems: “I’m Going Home” and “I’d Love to Change the World.”
Leo Lyon’s battered Fender Jazz looked like a toy in the hands of this towering bassist. Though Leo gave the appearance that he was savagely attacking his instrument as his right hand visibly thumped the strings while his left hand flew up and down the neck – the Nottinghamshire native is quite the focused, articulate player.
Ssssh (1969) and Cricklewood Green (1970) are essential British blues rock albums. Highly influential on both sides of the pond, the late, great Alvin Lee and Ten Years After are deserving of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame recognition.
A composer for various stage productions, cartoon and film soundtracks, and MTV videos, among Leo’s high-profile production credits include UFO, Magnum, Waysted, Procol Harem, Frankie Miller, Richard and Linda Thompson, Brigitte St John, John Martin, Kevin Coyne, Sassafras, Motorhead, Hatfield and The North, The Bogie Boys, The Winkies, and Chris Farlowe, to cite a few.
After Ten Years After initially folded, Lyons migrated to Nashville to compose, produce, and play various sessions – then reformed TYA again with Lee, then with Joe Gooch in place of Alvin Lee. Leo currently anchors Leo Lyons & Hundred Seventy Split, wherein he also works his craft on the doghouse.
A Conversation with Leo Lyons:
Leo Lyons Sound & Vision…
“I’d Love to Change the World” https://youtu.be/eOCtHjQKySw
Dig Leo and TYA in rehearsal in ‘69 https://youtu.be/289AGcGogQI
Lyons soloing on “Good Bye Little School Girl” https://youtu.be/SlUAuM7oRTc
Leo Lyons & Hundred Seventy Split: https://youtu.be/a23S-NEuSYc