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Showing posts with label Paul Kossoff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul Kossoff. Show all posts

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Before there was Govt Mule... Before there was Bad Company... there was Free!
This is one of the most recognizable guitars on the planet...with Peter Green's Les Paul, SRV's Strat and Rory Gallagher's Strat! Kossoff died way too young!
Paul Francis Kossoff (14 September 1950 – 19 March 1976) was an English rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Free.

Kossoff was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
Kossoff was the son of Margaret (Jenkins) and the British actor David Kossoff. His father was of Russian-Jewish descent. Kossoff started playing guitar in the mid 1960s, taught by session guitarist Colin Falconer, Paul became a professional at age 15 when he was a founding member of Black Cat Bones. The band played with touring blues piano player Champion Jack Dupree, did many supporting shows for Fleetwood Mac and other gigs with Fleetwood Mac cofounder Peter Green. Kossoff would jam and spend hours discussing blues playing and players. Kossoff's bandmate in Black Cat Bones was drummer Simon Kirke, and the two would go on to play on Champion Jack Dupree's April 1968 album When You Feel the Feeling you was Feeling
Kossoff's unhappiness with the end of Free and his drug addictions contributed to a drastic decline in the guitarist's health. On a flight from Los Angeles to New York on 19 March 1976, Kossoff died from drug-related heart problems.

Simon Kirke played drums from early age and by the time he was 14 he was playing semi-professionally

He left school at the age of 17 and was determined to become a drummer full-time. He held down a string of menial jobs during the day until he formed a new group called Free with Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser. Over the next five years this remarkable group released several albums and singles, the most famous one being "Allright Now." " Even though they were relatively young as a group, Free left a musical legacy which lasts to this day. In 1973, Paul Rodgers and Simon disbanded Free and formed Bad Company with Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell. Five of the six albums Bad Company released with Paul Rodgers are multi-platinum or gold. Their debut record includes the hit singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On." the band's legacy of hit songs continued with "Good Lovin' Gone Bad," "Feel Like making Love," and "Rock and Roll Fantasy." With the combined successes of Free and Band Company, you can turn on any rock station in the world and you are likely to hear Simons drumming.
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