Bad Company is a veteran and hugely popular British blues rock supergroup that became famous during the mid and late 1970s. Their best known songs include such longtime classic rock favorites as the raw and energetic "Can't Get Enough" (1974), the hard-driving yet soulful "Feel Like Makin' Love" (1975), the epic "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" (1979), and their eponymous power ballad, "Bad Company" (1974).
Formed in 1973 in Albury, Surrey, the original lineup consisted of Simon Kirke (drums), Mick Ralphs (guitar), bassist Boz Burrell (August 1, 1946 - September 21, 2006), and lead singer Paul Rodgers who, along with Ralphs, served as the band's main songwriter. Rogers and Kirke were both former members of Free, and Ralphs and Burrell were former members of Mott The Hoople and King Crimson, respectively. By 1974, the band had signed with Swan Song Records/Atlantic Records in North America (and with Island Records in other countries) and released their debut eponymous album which topped the U.S. Billboard 200, made the U.K. Official Albums Chart's Top 5, and later went multi-platinum.
Bad Company debuted in 1974 with "Can't Get Enough," which made the Pop/Rock Top 5 and became the band's greatest hit worldwide. Other top hits through 1982 include "Movin' On" (1975), "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (1975), "Feel Like Makin' Love" (1975), "Young Blood" (1976), "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" (1979), and "Electricland" (1982). Other songs for which Bad Company became famous include the Kirke/Rodgers-penned non-charting title track from their eponymous 1974 debut album, "Bad Company," which has remained a classic rock staple to the present day. After regrouping in 1986, the band continued to chart through the early 1990s with such top hits as "Holy Water" (1989), "If You Needed Somebody" (1990), "Walk Through Fire" (1991), and "How About That" (1992).
Beginning in 1982, Bad Company took a three-year break and in 1986, Brian Howe took over as lead singer, with many other personnel changes over the years. The original four members reunited in 1998-1999 to tour and record, and they had two hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in 1999 with "Hey Hey" and "Hammer Of Love." The current lineup is a quartet consisting of two original members - Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke - with Howard Leese (lead guitar) and Todd Ronning (bass). Bad Company remains among rock music's top selling acts, with 40 million albums sold worldwide to date.
- For more info about the history of Bad Company and the band's current projects, visit badcompany.com.
- The LA Times remembers original Bad Company bassist Boz Burrell.
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