Free (60s/70s UK blues rock group)

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Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from a drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks.

The band was famed for its sensational live shows and nonstop touring. However, early studio albums did not sell very well – until the release of Fire and Water which featured the massive hit "All Right Now". The song helped secure them a place at the huge Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people.

By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues-rock groups; by the time the band dissolved in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums around the world and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. "All Right Now," remains a rock staple, and had been entered into ASCAP's "One Million" airplay singles club.

Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers". The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Free were signed to Island Records in the UK and A&M Records in North America. Both labels became part of the PolyGram group in 1989, then Universal Music Group in 1998; UMG now controls the band's catalogue worldwide.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1968 Tons of Sobs 5
1969 Free 6
1970 Fire and Water 4 7
1970 Highway 5
1972 Free at Last 5
1972 Heartbreaker 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 Best of Free Compilation 2
1975 The Free Story Compilation 2
1991 The Best of Free: All Right Now Compilation 4 5
1999 All Right Now Compilation 1
2000 Songs of Yesterday Compilation 1
2001 Classic Free Compilation 2
2002 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Free Compilation 1
2005 Chronicles Compilation 1
2006 Live at the BBC Compilation 1
2007 Walking in My Shadow: The Free Collection Compilation 3 1
2008 Rock Legends Compilation 1
2008 Fire and Water Compilation 2
2012 All Right Now: The Collection Compilation 1
Molten Gold: The Anthology Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Isle of Wight (1970) Live 2
1971 Free Live! Live 4

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Stealer 1
1970 All Right Now 2
1971 My Brother Jake / Only My Soul 1
1972 Wishing Well 1

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