Formed in the midst of 1968s 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 Mayalls 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, 1968s Tons Of Sobs, the band began honing a more individual style with their second set. The injection of powerful original songs, including Ill Be Creeping, showed a maturing talent, while...
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