Paul Rodgers Biography

17 December 1949, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. The former Bad Company and Firm vocalist originally came to prominence as the frontman of the late 60s/early 70s blues rock band Free, but his solo career got off to a poor start with 1983’s Cut Loose. Other ventures included a collaboration with former Small Faces / Who drummer Kenney Jones as the Law, but until the mid-90s Rodgers’ solo career had never raised his profile above cult status, although few would deny he possessed one of the most powerful and recognizable voices in post-60s rock music. He finally broke through with 1993’s Muddy Water Blues, a sensitive tribute album demonstrating Rodgers’ strong natural feeling for the blues. He also released a live tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix in collaboration with Journey guitarist Neil Schon. Now, co-produced by Eddie Kramer, was released to excellent reviews and healthy enough sales to maintain his new-found commercial profile. Another well-received collection, Electric, was released in 1999. Although he will be requested to sing ‘All Right Now’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love’ for the rest of his performing life, Rodgers has now established himself as a credible solo artist. In November 2004, Rodgers teamed up with Brian May and Roger Taylor to perform a number of Queen classics at the UK Hall Of Fame awards in London. May, Taylor and Rodgers then announced they would be undertaking a lengthy European tour the following spring.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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