from free to keeping bad company
Formed in London in 1968, Free only hung together for five years, but in that time produced one of the best known hits of the 70s.
The band was made up of lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke—who went onto form Bad Company—bass player, Andy Fraser, and lead guitarist Paul Kossoff who died from drug-induced heart failure 1976.
Free’s early albums never sold particularly well. The band was known, however, as being one of the best live acts of their era, and they toured nonstop building up a loyal fan base.
Then came their album Fire and Water, with All Right Now tucked in at the very end of side 2. For the first time they had a hit record. They played at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and were soon selling records by the truck-load – over 20 million by the time they went their own ways in 1973.
Rolling Stone magazine put Paul Rodgers at #55 in its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, and Paul Kossoff at #51 in its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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- All Right Now was released in May 1970, from the album Fire and Water by English band Free.
- All Right Now peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart and #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
- A 1991 re-release of All Right Now peaked at #8 on the UK singles chart.
- While only reaching #2 in the UK, All Right Now was a #1 hit in over 20 countries. In 1990, just before its re-release, it was recognised by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for achieving over one million radio plays in the US. In 2006, it gained a similar award in the UK but this time for 3 million air plays in the USA.
- All Right Now has been used in the television show, The Sopranos and appeared in the movie American Beauty.
- All Right Now has been covered by: Rod Stewart, The Who, The Sweet, Mike Oldfield, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Ali Campbell (UB40), and Bad Company.
- Steve Miller said the intro to his 1976 song Rock ‘n Me was a “tip of the hat” to All Right Now.
- All Right Now lyrics.
all right now – free – 1970 – video
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