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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

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