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Quicknick
17-03-2015, 09:30 PM
Andy Fraser of Free has died aged 62. He was living with HIV.

royboyclaret
17-03-2015, 09:41 PM
RIP Andy.

Co-author of one of the all-time classics. - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=siMFORx8uO8)

JeremyBender
17-03-2015, 09:41 PM
Sad news indeed, Gone to join his mate Koss in the Great Gig in the Sky. Fantastic musician. RIP Andy. - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssZtFzrWSVE)

FulledgebornNbred
17-03-2015, 09:56 PM
RIP Andy, a brilliant musician and lyricist
Like your user J.B. Obviously an ELP fan :D

The Bedlington Terrier
18-03-2015, 03:32 AM
He will be alright now. R.I.P. Andy.

wherewasi
18-03-2015, 06:18 AM
Great bassist, good songwriter. Was looking forward to seeing him in Sweden this summer :-(

Quicknick
18-03-2015, 08:37 AM
Only 62, which means that when Free were blasting out that all time classic 'All Right Now' in the summer of 1970, he was all of 17 years old. I remember that summer well as I was doing my O Levels.

whereeaglesfly
18-03-2015, 08:55 AM
I was a fan of Free way back when, although I only saw them once.It was very sad to hear that Andy has died, he was a great bass player and part of such a good band.My thoughts go out to his loved ones.

chobulous
18-03-2015, 10:46 AM
"Only 62, which means that when Free were blasting out that all time classic 'All Right Now' in the summer of 1970, he was all of 17 years old. I remember that summer well as I was doing my O Levels. "

Same year I did my O levels, at Burnley Grammar

irishclaretboy
18-03-2015, 12:52 PM
...and another one who mixed "O" levels with listening to Free. (Worcester RGS in my case)
Andy was ridiculously talented for such a young man. Free were a great rock band, and produced some wonderful songs.

Mourning Sad Morning indeed.

RIP

Quicknick
18-03-2015, 12:57 PM
chobulous, I went to Ermysted's in Skipton.

JeremyBender
18-03-2015, 01:38 PM
He was fifteen when he and the other band members formed Free. Incredible.

jetblackcat
18-03-2015, 05:55 PM
Lucky enough to see Free many times and later Sharks. No other bass player like him, he had such a recognisable style. RIP Andy.

JeremyBender
18-03-2015, 07:43 PM
Saw Free in '71. Andy Fraser was mesmerising.

Pottshimharry
19-03-2015, 10:15 AM
Fire and Water...an album as fresh today as the day it was pressed. Well worth re-visiting

Markovitch
19-03-2015, 11:45 AM
Great shame, excellent band - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdb37oZ6WfA)

JeremyBender
19-03-2015, 06:59 PM
Oh well, let's have a little more shall we... - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2W9ZfTZo58)

Markovitch
19-03-2015, 10:58 PM
Here is another one for you. Why didn't he join Bad Company? - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FhCilozomo)

royboyclaret
20-03-2015, 10:01 AM
"Why didn't he join Bad Company?"


I think Andy was first to leave Free around '71 mainly due to differences of opinion with Paul Rodgers and subsequently formed his own band Sharks.

When Free finally called it a day some 12 months later Rodgers became the driving force behind the formation of Bad Company and he recruited Boz Burrell from King Crimson as bassist/vocals. I think Simon Kirke was the only member of Free to join Bad Co. and Mick Ralphs (formerly Mott the Hoople) was the final piece in the jigsaw of the new 'supergroup'.

Perhaps Andy may then have regretted leaving Free prematurely as Bad Co. went on to achieve legendary rock status.

Markovitch
20-03-2015, 10:08 AM
Thanks for that. I watched this but they never mentioned Andy Fraser - view external link (www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MG4TS55RA)

royboyclaret
20-03-2015, 10:55 AM
Great link, Markovitch, the 'full story' so to speak.

Makes you wonder how strong the disagreements were between Andy and Paul Rodgers.

Be good to hear the view of Jeremy_Bender on that.

jetblackcat
20-03-2015, 04:58 PM
Andy has spoken about the break up from Free quite often. He said that it became impossible to function as a band with Kossoff's unreliability due to his drug habit and that he felt constricted artistically by PR who was a little older and could get aggressive. They were both very young when they started writing together and Rodgers relied on Fraser's superior musical know how whilst Rodger's lyric writing was more developed at the start. Like Lennon and McCartney they grew apart and wanted stuff they'd written alone done their own way.

JeremyBender
20-03-2015, 05:11 PM
"Why didn't he join Bad Company?"

I think royboyclaret has it spot-on. I would add that if Andy Fraser had joined Bad Company, then it really would have been viewed as Free, with Mick Ralphs replacing Kossoff, which I don't think would have been popular with anyone really.

EDIT: I think the points jetblackcat makes are valid too. It's too easy to forget just how young they all were when Free became famous.

Caernarfon_Claret
22-03-2015, 02:49 PM
Playing a Free song on Radio Two as I type this.

Sounds of the Seventies.

Many letters read out before hand.

Mr. Big