Andy Fraser (pictured 2nd from left), bassist for legendary British band Free and co-writer of “All Right Now,” died on Monday (March 16th) at his home in California after battling both AIDS and cancer. Fraser co-founderd Free when he was just 15-years-old with Paul Rodgers, the late Paul Kossoff, and Simon Kirke.
Ultimate Classic Rock reported an official statement was issued saying: “Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California. 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. A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights.
- In 2005 Fraser spoke about his musicianship telling DMME.net, “To be quite honest, I never thought of myself as a bass player. I actually only used the bass guitar because the other kids in our school band wanted to be the singer or drummer or guitarist. I have always thought of myself as doing whatever was necessary to make the whole thing work.”
- In addition to his work with Free, Fraser will be remembered for his ’70s work with guitarist Chris Spedding in the band Sharks.
Click here to check out a great 1970 vintage video of Andy and Free doing “Mr. Big”!