Greatest Rock Performances: Ten Years After “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”

While many great classic rock acts were blessed with at least one standout guitarist, Ten Years After, actually had two of the greatest guitarists of all time, the legendary lead guitar work of Alvin Lee and the great talents of bass player, Leo Lyons. And no song by Ten Years After better illustrated the talents of their great bass player than “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”.

Most songs by Ten Years After were easily viewed as a showcase for the awesome talents of Alvin Lee, both as a guitarist and as a lead singer. He made the ultimate front-man for this band. But, the unconsciously powerful bass guitar work of Leo Lyons on “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” is simply astonishing. It’s one of the most awesome bass performances in all of rock history. In several live concert footages of the band filmed over the years, Leo Lyons simply owned this song, with the frantic energy and expertise he displayed on bass guitar, which is to this day considered one of the greatest performances of this band.

Unlike many bands, Ten Years After, was often at their very best performing live. And a fan favorite was always, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. It was simply an astonishing display of bass guitar mastery. And any serious student of the bass guitar could learn from this classic.

And one of the very best little comments I ever heard from a loyal fan of Ten Years After was that after yet another exceptional show in the U.S., Alvin Lee was gracious enough to spend several minutes time backstage just talking to an average fan. The fan recalled what a “proper English gentleman” Alvin Lee was. He was an incredibly nice man besides being one of the greatest rock performers of all time.

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