Free formed in 1968 in London, England, comprising members that had all played with other bands previously. Like so many British blues rock outfits, they received early guidance and exposure from Alexis Korner, who actually suggested the name Free. They received high acclaim for their 1968 debut, which demonstrated their original and distinctive take on the blues rock genre, spearheaded by Paul Rodgers' stunning vocals and Paul Kossoff's brilliant guitar work. Their critical and commercial peak came with Fire And Water in 1970, a near-flawless set culminating in the crowd-pleasing All Right Now, their best known song and a true rock classic. They broke-up in 1971, but reformed soon later in 1972, after the failures of their respective projects. Unable to recapture their earlier form, they split again in 1973. Paul Rodgers then went on to form (most famously) Bad Company and then The Law and The Firm. From 2004 to 2009 Rodgers performed with Queen as Queen + Paul Rodgers before reforming Bad Company.
Followers: Foghat, Montrose, Rush, Whitesnake, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Influenced By: Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, John Mayall...