One of the most under-rated and un-appreciated bass players in Rock and Roll, Da…
Written by megarock on November 30, 2017
One of the most under-rated and un-appreciated bass players in Rock and Roll, David William “Leo” Lyons has 74 candles on his birthday cake today. You will probably know him better as Leo Lyons, a founding member of and the bassist for Ten Years After.
He first played with lead guitarist Alvin Lee in The Jaybirds. In 1967, there was a name change to Ten Years After. With this group, Lyons played at major rock festivals, including Woodstock in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. Ten Years After disbanded in 1976, although they later reformed several times in the 1980s and 1990s with all original members.
In 1975, he was hired as a studio manager by Chrysalis Records to re-equip and run Wessex Studios in London. He then produced UFO from 1974 to 1976. Later, he started two commercial recording studios himself.
Lyons moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in the mid-1990s, and was a staff songwriter for Hayes Street Music. He played in a reformed Ten Years After with new frontman Joe Gooch, and also with Gooch in the new blues rock power trio “Hundred Seventy Split”. In Lyons’ own words, he loves “playing the old songs that people still want to hear. However, that leaves no room for new material – hence the new project.”
We have worked with Leo on a number of radio projects in the past and can honestly say Leo is one of the nicest people on this planet.
Happy Birthday Mr. Lyons!! His band “Hundred Seventy Split” just finished a tour of Europe so yes, he said ‘I’m Going Home.”