Founding Fathers of Metal- Part 5, Free/Bad Company

Originally, I was going to end the Founding Fathers of Metal segment with Deep Purple, however, after listening to one of my many compilation albums, the song “All Right Now” by Free made me think otherwise. Free came from the same era as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zepplin and established themselves as one of the great bands of that time and the mentioned single can still be heard on juke boxes and compilation albums forty years later.

After Free broke up, Paul Rodgers carried the rock spirit of Free to Bad Company producing a series of albums and great singles like “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Making Love” and “Rock and Roll Fantasy.” Throughout the 70s, Bad Company were one of the premier rock bands and were an influence on many of the great metal bands of the 80s.

Boz Burrell- bass

Paul Rodgers- vocals

Simon Kirke- drums

Mick Ralphs- drums

It is no wonder that Bad Company’s hit single “Rock And Roll Fantasy” was in the top 20 in 1979 when the metal dam began to burst. However, I will explore that more in the future. For now, let’s just appreciate both Free and Bad Company as founding fathers of metal.

Next post will start the segment of other great acts of the 70s who were a major influence on 80s metal beginning with KISS.

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