Left to right: Andy Fraser, Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke, Paul Rodgers.
Active in the British blues
movement during The Sixties
and The Seventies
, Free was an English rock group formed by Paul Rodgers (lead vocal), Paul Kossoff (lead guitar), Andy Fraser (bass guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums, percussion). Given the name "Free" by the London blues scene mastermind Alexis Korner, they quickly became leading exponents of Blues Rock
known for their top-class musicianship despite their youth.
While the band were slow to take off, they attained worldwide fame with their third album, Fire and Water
, which featured the massive hit "All Right Now". Noted for its distinctive guitar riff and bassline, this song broke the band in America and has remained a staple of classic rock radio for close to 40 years.
Although Free were relatively short lived, their influence on subsequent rock bands was considerable. Rodgers and Kirke subsequently formed a new group with Mott the Hoople
guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson
bassist Boz Burrell. This group, of course, was Bad Company
, who became very successful in The Seventies