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Friday, March 29, 2013

Paul Rodgers

For those who listen to Bad Company, you'll know who this guy is

Paul Rodgers
Birth name: Paul Bernard Rodgers
DOB: Dec. 17, 1949
Where: Middlesborough, England
Occupations: Singer/songwriter, musician, producer
Genres: Rock, blues-rock, hard rock, blues, soul-blues
Years Active: 1968-present
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, bass guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, flute, percussion, harp
Other acts: Free, Bad Company, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers

-Has been cited as an influence on musicians such as David Coverdale, Lou Gramm, Steve Walsh, Paul Young, Joe Bonamassa

-His first band, The Roadrunners, he played bass guitar
-In 1968, he turned up on the British music scene as the lead singer of the bluesy rock band Free, singing "All Right Now"

-Free released a total of 4 albums, which combined blues, ballads, rock. For a long time, Free and Led Zeppelin were considered the highest grossing British bands
-In the 1970s, Rodgers formed the next big band in his career: Bad Company. He formed the band with Mick Ralphs, who was previously in Mott the Hoople. It also featured previous Free drummer Simon Kirke, former King Crimson vocalist Raymond "Boz" Burrell
-From 1973-1982, they had various big hits, such as "Feel Like Making Love" "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" "Shooting Star" "Bad Company" "Run With The Pack". Also, on some of these songs, Rodgers showcased his talent in playing instruments. Like him playing piano on "Bad Company" and "Run With The Pack", guitar on "Rock and Roll Fantasy"
-During the 1990s, he joined a band called The Law, which featured former Faces and Who drummer Kenney Jones
-In late 2004, two of the four surviving members of Queen asked about a collaboration with Rodgers, to sing with them on a European tour. He joined Brian May and Roger Taylor, where he sang some songs originally done by Freddie Mercury
-Since Oct. 21, 2011, Rodgers has been living in Canada
-In 1971, he married Machiko Shimizu and has two kids by that marriage, Steve and Jasmine. They are both adults, and also musicians, in a band called Boa. Paul and Machiko divorced in 1996

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