3 July 1952
Bass, guitar, piano, vocals
So, do you recall what you were doing when you were 15 years old? In the case of Andy Fraser, he was a member of Free. Imagine, just 15 years old and already in a band destined to become one of the greatest names in the history of rock. You couldn’t make it up.
But it wasn’t just his bass playing that made Fraser stand apart, he was also a consummate songwriter, and the teenager’s prodigious partnership with Paul Rodgers was responsible for some of the greatest songs of all time. He was still in his teens when he co-wrote ‘All Right Now’.
Classically trained as a pianist for seven years from the age of five, Fraser switched to guitar when he was 12. Three years later, he joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers as a bassist on the recommendation of Alexis Korner. By 1968 he was a founder member of FREE, with his phenomenal musical skills showing themselves not only in his abilities as both a bassist and pianist, but also as a consummate songwriter. The teenager’s prodigious partnership with Paul Rodgers was responsible for some of the greatest songs of all time. He was still in his teens when he co-wrote ‘All Right Now’.
When Free split up, Fraser formed Sharks with guitarist Chris Spedding. Soon afterwards, he relocated to California and used his writing talents to create hits for Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan and Rod Stewart and, more recently, began releasing solo albums.
After releasing solo album ‘Fine, Fine Line’ in 1984, Fraser was diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and virtually disappeared until 2005. However , since then Fraser has re-emerged, releasing both solo albums and also being a lot more high profile than was the case in the past.
It’s incredible to think that such was his tender age when in Free, the man is still under the age of 60. But his impact as musician and composer has been formidable.
Currently, Andy’s label Mctrax, has been promoting it’s new artist signing TOBI, in addition to his own recent releases at http://www.mctrax.com
The 16 year old wunderkind guitarist just known as “TOBI” will be performing at the upcoming Isle Of Wight Festival this year (2012) which Andy plans on being a part of.
TOBI’s LIVE concert video, recently filmed in a show with Steve Rodgers, son of Paul, in London on November 26th (2011), is scheduled for release later this summer.
Andy and TOBI completed a North American promotional tour last year to help build awareness for “ArtistsSupportJapan.com“, while showcasing TOBI’s debut album “Spirit In Me” and along with Bon Jovi, donated signed guitar’s to the cause.
Andy’s famous bass guitar is now on view at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland.
Always politically active, Andy is supporting the movement to Amend the U.S. Constitution, with the video “99″ – http://www.mctrax.com/occupy.html