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Encyclopedia > Free (band)
Free

Country London, England, UK
Years active 19681973
Genre(s) Rock
Label(s) A&M
Members Simon Kirke
Paul Kossoff
Andy Fraser
Paul Rodgers

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 Kossoff, a much revered blues/rock guitarist, was to die tragically from a drug induced heart failure aged 25 in 1976. The band was famed for their sensational live shows and nonstop touring although their early studio albums sold slowly until the release of "Fire and Water" which featured the massive hit "All Right Now". This song helped secure them a place at the huge Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people. As surviving band members ruefully admit, personal problems got in the way and they broke up on the brink of something big, perhaps never realising their true potential. Image File history File links Free_pic. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... 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 – Total (mid... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, a bass guitar, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as keyboards (organ, piano synthesizers) and horns (saxophone, trumpet, trombone) are common in some styles, however, horns have been omitted from newer subgenres... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70s most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. ... 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. ... Andy Fraser (born August 7, 1952) is a british musician. ... Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Rock group (or later rock band) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... All Right Now is a rock single by the British band Free. ... Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ... Self-titled album cover Bad Company was a British rock band founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70s most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. ... 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. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

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History

The remarkable thing about the birth of Free was the young age of the band members who first came together to rehearse at the Nag's Head pub in Battersea, London, on April 19, 1968. Bass player Andy Fraser (born July 3, 1952), was only 15-years-old while lead singer Paul Rodgers (born December 17, 1949), lead guitarist Paul Kossoff (September 14, 1950 - March 19, 1976), and drummer Simon Kirke (born July 28, 1949), were also still teenagers. By November of that year they had recorded their first album Tons of Sobs for Island Records, and although it was not released until the following year the album documents their first six months together and contains studio renditions of much of their early live set. Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke first became friends in the R&B band Black Cat Bones but they wanted to move on and saw vocalist Paul Rodgers singing with Brown Sugar while visiting the Fickle Pickle, a R&B club in London's Finsbury Park. They were immediately impressed and the three were soon jamming and forming Free with the addition of Andy Fraser, who at the tender age of 15 had already been playing with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. British blues legend Alexis Korner played a part in the Free story recommending Andy Fraser, providing the name Free and encouraging their early efforts.The sound that would be Bad Company's and Free's trademark are heard in such songs as "All right Now", "Trouble on Double Time","Fire and water", with Paul Rodgers getting nick name "The Voice".As for the the other sounds that would come out of Free Paul Rodgers would explore them again in his solo time in the 80s and 90s a very Blues heavy sound Like Free Songs "I'm a Mover","I'll Be Creepin'","The Stealer","Catch A Train","Hearthbreaker","Seven Angels","Ride on a Pony","The Hunter" .The loss of Paul Kossoff would leave avoid in the Blues/Rock guitarist world for many years to come.Paul Kossoff version of "Crossroads " is still one of the best takes of this song,with Paul Rodgers AKA "The Voice" doing a star job. Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Andy Fraser (born August 7, 1952) is a british musician. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70s most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tons Of Sobs is the debut album by British blues/rock band Free, recorded in November 1968. ... Island Records is a record label that was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell. ... Black Cat Bones was a British heavy blues rock group from London. ... Brown sugar typical of that bought in Western supermarkets Brown sugar is an unrefined or partially refined soft sugar consisting of sugar crystals combined with molasses. ... Finsbury Park is a place in London, at the junction of the London Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. ... John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers was a pioneering British blues band that included such luminaries as: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream), Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (later all in Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (later in The Rolling Stones), Don Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor (Canned... Alexis Korner (April 19, 1928 - January 1, 1984), was an English blues musician. ... Self-titled album cover Bad Company was a British rock band founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ... Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ... 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. ... 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. ... Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ...


Members

Paul Rodgers (2005) Paul Rodgers is a British singer, born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. ... Self-titled album cover Bad Company was a British rock band founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... The Firm were a rock group comprising ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Uriah Heep drummer Chris Slade, and Roy Harper bass player Tony Franklin. ... 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. ... Andy Fraser (born August 7, 1952) is a british musician. ... Drummer Simon Kirke kept the beat for two of the 70s most popular bluesy hard rockers -- Free and Bad Company. ... Self-titled album cover Bad Company was a British rock band founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ...

Discography

The following albums were issued after the band ceased recording: Tons Of Sobs is the debut album by British blues/rock band Free, recorded in November 1968. ... Free is the second album of British rock group Free, recorded and released in 1969. ... Fire & Water, a collaboration between Jean-Jaque Burnel and Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers, is the sound track for the film Ecoutez vos murs directed by Vincent Coudanne. ... Highway is the fourth studio album by British rock band Free. ... Free Live! was the fifth album by British rock band Free, and their first (and to date only official) live album. ... Free At Last is the sixth album (fifth studio album) by British rock band Free. ... This page refers to the 1973 album by Free. ...

  • The Free Story (1974)
  • The Best of Free (1975)
  • Free and Easy, Rough and Ready (1976)
  • Completely Free (1982)
  • All Right Now: The Best of Free (1991)
  • Molten Gold: The Anthology (1994) (2 disc set)
  • Free: All Right Now (1999)
  • Songs of Yesterday (2000) (5 disc box set)
  • Chronicles (2005) (2 disc set)

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