TRIBUTES have been paid to Andy Fraser, the former bassist with the band Free who has passed away at the age of 62.
Mr. Fraser, who died in California, was a founding member of the band and co-wrote their 1970 hit All Right Now. Born in London, he was only 15 when Free were formed and went on to co-write most of his material with fellow band member and lead singer Paul Rodgers.
All Right Now, (see below), was the band’s biggest hit, reaching Number 2 in the UK charts and Number 4 in the US, and went on to become a rock classic. .
Although Free were to be together for a short number of years, they did enjoy chart success with two hit albums, including Fire and Water in 1970.
He teamed-up again with Paul Rodgers in 1994 to perform at the Woodstock anniversary gig. The reunion came after years of ill-health — he had been diagnosed with Aids in the 1980s and later also battled cancer.
Mr. Fraser went on to pursue a solo career. In recent years his work included the albums Naked...And Finally Free! and On Assignment
His death was announced in a statement issued in California: “A survivor of both cancer and Aids, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights.”
The statement continued: “He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.”
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