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Descriptive "tags": classic rock blues rock rock hard rock 70s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

Formed in the midst of 1968’s British blues boom, Free originally comprised Paul Rodgers (17 December 1949, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England; vocals), Paul Kossoff (b. 14 September 1950, Hampstead, London, England, d. 19 March 1976; guitar), Andy Fraser (b. 7 August 1952, London, England; bass) and Simon Kirke (b. 28 July 1949, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; drums). Despite their comparative youth, the individual musicians were seasoned performers, particularly Fraser, a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Kossoff and Kirke had backed Champion Jack Dupree as part of Black Cat Bones.

Free received early encouragement from Alexis Korner, but having completed an excellent, earthy debut album, 1968’s Tons Of Sobs, the band began honing a more individual style with their second set. The injection of powerful original songs, including ‘I’ll Be Creeping’, showed a maturing talent, while...

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