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Time to rock it out! Free was an influential band formed in the UK with vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Paul Kossoff, bassist Andy Fraser and drummer Simon Kirke in 1968. They received great and immediate response from their audiences every where they played due to their exciting live shows and constant touring. Their first two albums, "Tons Of Sobs" and the self titled "Free" both from 1960 did not elicit much response on either side of the pond until a single from their 1970 LP "Fire And Water" called "All Right Now" started the chart fireworks for them. The song peaked at #4 on the Hot100 and drove the sales of the album. An instant anthem, it struck like lightning out of my radio, that rough rock intro and then the rough rock voice of Paul Rodgers kicks in, I remember how exciting it was! FM radio was just coming into its own and hearing this one so clear and crisp in my own home! Yah! As it is with most bands that push themselves too hard, they broke up in 1971 then reformed in 1972 to help and support bandmate Paul Kossoff with his drug addiction problem. Andy Fraser wanted out and away from Kossoff and his problems and he quit the band in late 1970, passing away on March 16, 2015. In 1974 Rodgers and drummer Kirke formed Bad Company. By 1975, Kossoff was better and was invited by his ex bandmates to join them onstage for a two night live gig that got the band back together. While on tour Kossoff died from a pulmonary embolism on March 19, 1976 at the age of 25. Rodgers continued by forming The Firm and then The Law. He completed a stint with the three remaining members of Queen as their vocalist for The Cosmos Rocks LP. He also balanced his career with Bad Company and toured with Simon Kirke from 2012 - 2016. Rock and roll will never die.

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