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Andy Fraser (born on 7 August 1952, in London) is an English musician, best known for his songwriting and bass playing with Free. August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul...


He started playing the piano at 5 years old, and was trained classically until the age of 12, when he switched to guitar. By 13, he was playing in the East End, West Indian clubs and, after being expelled from school at 15, he enrolled at the Hammersmith Art College. There, he met Sappho Korner, daughter of Alexis Korner, who subsequently became a father-figure to him. In 1968, Korner received a telephone call from John Mayall, who was looking for a bass player. Korner suggested Fraser and, at age 15, he was in a pro band and earning £50 a week, though it was a brief tenure. A baby grand piano, with the lid up. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alexis Korner (April 19, 1928 - January 1, 1984), was an English blues musician. ... John Mayall, OBE, (born 29 November 1933) is a pioneering British blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. ...


Korner was also instrumental in Fraser's next move, to the influential band Free, which consisted of Paul Rodgers (vocals), Paul Kossoff (guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums). Free initially split in 1971, and Fraser formed a trio, Toby, with guitarist Adrian Fisher, and drummer Stan Speake. Material was recorded but not released, and Fraser re-joined Free in December, 1971. He left for the second time in June, 1972. Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Paul Kossoff (September 14, 1950 - March 19, 1976) was a British rock guitarist well-known and respected for his restrained yet intensely emotive playing style. ... Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70s most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...


After leaving Free, Fraser formed Sharks with vocalist Snips (later Baker, Gurvitz Army), guitarist Chris Spedding plus drummer, Marty Simon. They were a good band, and Island's "Great White Hope of the 1970s". Despite being well received by the critics, especially for Spedding's tasteful guitar work, Fraser left after their debut album, First Water (1973). Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul... Chris Spedding is an English rock and roll and jazz guitarist and singer. ... A session drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


He then formed the Andy Fraser Band, a trio with Kim Turner on drums, and Nick Judd on keyboards. They released two albums, Andy Fraser Band and In Your Eyes, both in 1975, before that too folded. Attempts to form a band with Frankie Miller came to nothing, and Fraser re-located to California, to concentrate on songwriting. Fraser successfully crafted hits for Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Paul Young and many others. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... The Riptide album was Palmers best selling work. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, May 20, 1944) is a rock/blues musician. ... Album cover of What Cha Gonna Do For Me? Best known for her 1984 cover of Princes I Feel for You, R&B singer Chaka Khan enjoyed solo success as well as popularity as a member of the funk band Rufus. ... Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945) is an English born singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly, hoarse-sounding voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song Maggie May. In a career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved 27... Paul Antony Young (better known as Paul Young) is a British pop artist. ...


To this day, Fraser's most famous composition is "Every Kinda People," which Palmer recorded for his Double Fun set in 1978. Palmer's first chart hit in the US, the number is cherished for its message of interracial understanding. The Palmer version has inspired artists such as Chaka Demus, Randy Crawford and Amy Grant to cover it. Randy Crawford (born Veronica Crawford in Macon, Georgia on February 18, 1952) is a jazz and R&B singer. ... Amy Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American Christian and pop singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ...


In 1984, Fraser finally released another album of his own. Fine, Fine Line featured ex-Back Street Crawler drummer, Tony Braunagel, Bob Marlette (keyboards), Michael Thompson (guitar) and David Faragher (bass), with Fraser contributing vocals. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ...


He was later diagnosed with a form of cancer and, during treatment, contracted AIDS. [citation needed] This explanation has been called into question by his recent revelation that he is homosexual. [1] He played bass with former Free colleague, Paul Rodgers, at Woodstock '94, but otherwise kept a low profile until 2005, when a new release, Naked and Finally Free, appeared. Since then, the album received strong praise from both fans and critics, including outlets such as VH-1 Classics, Sirius Radio, ABC Radio, Launch Radio, The New York Daily News and the Associated Press, among others. Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In April 2006, Fraser responded to the revival of interest in his music by announcing two rare live shows at the Temecula Community Arts Theatre, in Temecula, in Southern California, on May 4. The shows, highlighted by an eight-piece band, will be his first live performances since the Woodstock '94 reunion and will be taped for broadcast around the world.


External links

  • Andy Fraser Official Web Site
  • Exhaustive interview with Andy Fraser
  • Official site, including show and ticket information, for the Temecula Community Arts Theatre

 
 

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