Personalities | Free | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1968–73)

Fronted by charismatic Paul Rodgers, Free was a catalyst in the popular shift from blues-dominated rock to heavy-metal forms. Rodgers left Brown Sugar to form Free with guitarist Paul Kossoff, whose playing on the hit ‘All Right Now’ sealed its popularity in 1970. Not long thereafter, tensions and drug abuse began to weaken the band. By 1973, Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke had moved on to Bad Company; Kossoff died of heart failure in 1976.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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