Free was an English rock band formed in London active from 1968 to 1973. The group were composed of the singer Paul Rodgers, bass player Andy Fraser, lead guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke.
Although both of the first two albums “Tons of sobs” and “Free” fared poorly on the charts, 1970’s “Fire and water” was a huge success, largely due to the album containing the hit single “All Right Now”, which reached No. 1 on the UK rock music charts, No. 2 on the UK singles chart and No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
After headlining 1970’s Isle of Wight festival, the group appeared destined for superstardom, but the LP Highway did not fare nearly as well as anticipated, and after a grueling tour which yielded 1971’s Free Live, the band dissolved amidst ego clashes and recriminations.
Other two albums were released: “Free at last” (1972) and “Heartbreaker” (1973) with a new line-up before their final break-up.
Soon, Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke went on to found Bad Company.
Andy Fraser went on to form the band Sharks while Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler before dying of a drug-induced heart attack on March 19, 1976.
More recently Rodgers has joined the remaining members of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), as vocalist releasing the studio album “The cosmos rocks” in 2009. Currently, Rodgers and Kirke are once again on tour with Bad Company.
Andy Fraser died of AIDS-related complications in 2015.