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The Story Behind The Song: Bad Company by Bad Company

A Rodgers/Kirke collaboration and a rare writing credit for the drummer, what was “basically a spaghetti western set to music” gave the band their theme song and gave rock a classic

I t would probably be fair to say that things weren’t looking great for the remaining founder members of Free when the group parted ways in 1973. Their latter years had been marked by discord, much of it prompted by guitarist Paul Kossoff’s worsening addictions and increasing unreliability. Bassist Andy Fraser had left in disgust the previous year, and there seemed to be little on the horizon for singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke. Yet before the year was out, they would record the first album with a new group that would make them more popular than Free had ever been.


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