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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

    Southern Rock

    Southern Rock
    1 song

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    1 song

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

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