Made up of a mix of leading 70s rock artists, Bad Company, with its distinctive vocals and forceful blues style, remains one of the most acclaimed British classic rock bands.
Formed in 1973, vocalist Paul Rodgers (formally of Free), guitarist Mick Ralphs (formally of Mott the Hoople), bassist Boz Burrell (formally of King Crimson) and drummer Simon Kirke (also formally of Free) experienced immediate success with its debut album suitably titled Bad Company.
The album went platinum five times and contained hits in the form of “Bad Company”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Movin’ On”, “Ready for Love” and “Rock Steady”.
In 1975, the band followed up with another album, Straight Shooter, which got them nominated for a Grammy thanks to top ten hit and iconic guitar laden “Feel Like Makin’ Love”.
The band’s third album, Run with the Pack, climbed to number 5 on the US and UK charts. Burnin’ Sky in 1977 reached gold and Desolation Angels hit double platinum in 1979.
In 1982, Bad Company released Rough Diamonds which peaked at number 26. Rodgers decided to take a hiatus from the band and eventually experienced a very successful solo career.
During the 1980s and 1990s, original members Ralphs and Kirke resurrected the band and released four albums but it wasn’t quite the same without the backing of Rodgers iconic vocals and songwriting.
Fans’ prayers were finally answered in 1998 when the band reunited with Rodgers for a US tour and double-album anthology release.
The band and particularly Rodgers remains active in the rock music industry with tours, collaboration and new material.
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Members includeBoz Burrell (born Raymond Burrell, August 1, 1946, Lincoln, England),David Colwell (joined in 1991), guitar;Robert Hart, vocalsBrian Howe (joined in 1986),Simon Kirke (born July 28, 1949, Shrewsbury, England), drums;Mick Ralphs (born March 31, 1944, Hereford, England), guitar; Paul Rodgers (born December, 17, 1949, Middles-brough, England),Rick Wills, bass.
Band formed in England, 1973; signed to Swan Song Records, 1974; released six albums, 1974-83; reformed with new singer Brian Howe, 1986; released five albums, 1986-93; returned with singer Robert Hart and signed to EastWest Records, 1995.
Addresses:Record company — EastWest Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019.
Before they released their next album, they had to decide on a name. "We were having a terrible time picking a name—we had the lineup, and the record was in the can, but we didn't have a name," Kirke told Sharon Liveton inBillboard. Paul Cooper, the head of Atlantic on the West Coast, suggested they keep the name Bad Company. "Until then, it hadn't even crossed my mind," said Kirke.
Bad Company, Swan Song, 1974.
Straight Shooter, Swan Song, 1975.
Run with the Pack, Swan Song, 1976.
Burnin' Sky, Swan Song, 1977.
Desolation Angels, Swan Song, 1979.
Rough Diamonds, Swan Song, 1982.
10 from 6, Atlantic Records, 1986.
Fame and Fortune, Atlantic Records, 1986.
Dangerous Age, Atlantic Records, 1988.
Holy Water, Ateo Records, 1990.
Here Comes Trouble, Ateo Records, 1992.
The Best of Bad Company Live... What You Hear Is What You Get, Ateo Records, 1993.
Company of Strangers, EastWest Records, 1995.
Stories Told& Untold, EastWest Records, 1996.
Source: Juanita Appleby, eNotes
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