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