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Famed for their perennial "All Right Now," Free helped lay the foundations for the rise of hard rock, stripping the earthy sound of British blues down to its raw, minimalist core to pioneer a brand of proto-metal later popularized by 1970s superstars like Foreigner, Foghat and Bad Company. Free formed in London in 1968 when guitarist Paul Kossoff, then a member of the blues unit Black Cat Bones, was taken to see vocalist Paul Rodgers' group Brown Sugar by a friend, drummer Tom Mautner. After deciding to form their own band, Kossoff and Rodgers recruited drummer Simon Kirke (since Mautner was at university) and 16-year-old bass phenom Andy Fraser from the ranks of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; with the aid of Alexis Korner, who also suggested the name Free, the fledgling band signed to the Island label, issuing their bluesy debut Tons of Sobs in 1968. Free's eponymous 1969 follow-up expanded on their roots-based sound, incorporating rockers like Albert King's "The Hunter" as well as muscular ballads like "Lying in the Sunshine" into the mix. Although both of the first two albums fared poorly on the charts, 1970's Fire and Water became a tremendous hit on the strength of the primal "All Right Now," a Top Five smash powered by Rodgers' gritty, visceral vocals. After headlining 1970's Isle of Wight festival, the group appeared destined for superstardom, but the LP Highway did not fare nearly as well as anticipated, and after a grueling tour which yielded 1971's Free Live, the band dissolved amidst ego clashes and recriminations. While Rodgers went on to form Peace and Fraser founded Toby, Kossoff and Kirke teamed with bassist Tetsu Yamauchi and keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick to record the album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit. When none of these new projects proved successful, the original lineup of Free re-formed to record 1972's Free at Last, which launched the hit "Little Bit of Love." However, drug problems nagged the group, as Kossoff's longtime battle with heroin continued to worsen; soon Fraser exited to form Sharks with Chris Spedding, leaving Rodgers and Kirke to record the majority of 1973's Heartbreaker while a drug-addled Kossoff watched from the sidelines. Soon, the group disbanded again, this time for good: while Rodgers and Kirke went on to found Bad Company, Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler before dying of a drug-induced heart attack on March 19, 1976. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Stations Featuring
Free

    Rock Anthems

    Rock Anthems
    1 song

    Classic Blues Rock

    Classic Blues Rock
    4 songs

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    1 song

    Classic Hard Rock

    Classic Hard Rock
    1 song

    Southern Rock

    1 song

    Classic Hits

    1 song

    Oldies Hits

    1 song

    Oldies Party

    1 song

    Super '70s

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Free

Top Songs by
Free

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   All Right Now
  3.   Fire and Water
  4.   Wishing Well
  5.   I'm a Mover
  6.   The Stealer
  7.   Walk in My Shadow
  8.   Songs of Yesterday
  9.   Heartbreaker
  10.   Mr. Big
  11.   Soldier Boy
  12.   Broad Daylight
  13.   Trouble on Double Time
  14.   Soon I Will Be Gone
  15.   Woman
  16.   I'll Be Creepin'
  17.   Little Bit of Love
  18.   Hand Me Down Turn Me Around
  19.   Burnin' (Molten Gold)
  20.   Sugar for Mr Morrison
  21.   Waitin' on You
  22.   Magic Ship
  23.   Bodie
  24.   The Worm
  25.   Long Tall Sally
  26.   Woman by the Sea
  27.   Visions of Hell
  28.   Guy Stevens Blues
  29.   Over the Green Hills
  30.   Like Water
  31.   Crossroads
  32.   Let Me Show You
  33.   Lady
  34.   Honky Tonk Women
  35.   Child
  36.   Guardian of the Universe
  37.   Only My Soul
  38.   Get Where I Belong
  39.   Rain
  40.   Makin' Love (Only My Soul)
  41.   Love You So
  42.   Sunny Day
  43.   On My Way
  44.   Moonshine
  45.   Wild Indian Woman
  46.   Worry
  47.   Remember
  48.   Goodbye
  49.   Sail On
  50.   Travelling Man
  51.   Catch a Train
  52.   Molten Gold
  53.   Ride on a Pony
  54.   My Brother Jake
  55.   Be My Friend
  56.   The Highway Song
  57.   Don't Say You Love Me
  58.   Oh I Wept
  59.   The Hunter
  60.   Seven Angels
  61.   Easy on My Soul
  62.   Common Mortal Man
  63.   Muddy Water
  64.   Come Together in the Morning
  65.   Mourning Sad Morning
  66.   Free Me
  67.   Mouthful of Grass
  68.   Lying in the Sunshine
  69.   Over the Green Hills, Pt. 2
  70.   Spring Dawn
  71.   Sweet Tooth
  72.   Time Away
  73.   Decision for Lost Soul Blue
  74.   Travellin' in Style
  75.   Time Spent (Time Away)
  76.   (I Just Wanna) See You Smile
  77.   Goin' Down Slow
  78.   Over the Green Hills, Pt. 1
  79.   Heavy Load
  80.   Right Now
  81.   Zero BC
  82.   Magic Ships
  83.   Get Up

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