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FREE FACTS

1) Free had an incredible asset: the vocal talents of Paul Rodgers.

2) Free was the band that created "All Right Now."

3) Free was the predecessor of Bad Company.

4) Free got its name from British Bluesman Alexis Korner's daughter. She took the name of one of her father's bands Free At Last (with future Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker) and shortened it.

5) When they were signed to Island Records in late '68 label owner Chris Blackwood wanted to re-name them Heavy Metal Kids.






Lead singer Paul Rodgers and bassist Andy Fraser wrote "All Right Now." Paul Kossoff on guitar.
The album "Fire And Water" contained "All Right Now" and it sold well. The follow up LP "Highway" barely registered.

Kossoff's drug problems hampered the group. They split in '71 to pursue individual projects but re-formed a year later adding new members. After some touring they broke up for good.

Rodgers turned down an offer to be Deep Purple's lead singer (following Ian Gillan's departure - probably a wise decision) deciding to start Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke. Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Boz Burrell (bass) also joined giving Bad Company the same singer, guitar, bass and drums line-up Free had.

Fraser teamed up with Robert Palmer and Brian Eno on a couple of projects. Kosoff recorded "Back Street Crawler" which also became the name of his band.




Free Discography

Albums:

1969 Tons Of Sobs
1969 Free
1970 Fire And Water
1970 Highway
1971 Free Live!
1972 Free At Last
1973 Heartbreaker

"All Right Now" is Free's best-known track. However, the Blues-Rock group had a deeper catalog. "Molten Golden: The Anthology" and "Best of Free" do justice. "Fire and Water" is their best studio effort.



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