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

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