My Generation Sunday 22 & Monday 23 March: Andy Fraser, Paul Kossoff, Apple Pie Motherhood [2015-11]
In Memoriam: Andy Fraser (Free) ** The Apple Pie Motherhood: heavy psych ** The Chocolate Watch Band ** Ferry Cross The Mersey ** New Orleans R&B **
ANDY FRASER (died 16 March 2015)
“A classically trained pianist who switched to bass just in time to get his first professional gig at the age of 15, Fraser was best known as a main songwriter and bassist for the legendary and groundbreaking British blues-rock band Free. When that band exploded due to drug addiction and internal strife, he worked with other musicians, eventually becoming well respected as a hit-making songwriter based in Los Angeles. (…) Blues legend Alexis Korner uggested to a bass player-less John Mayall to hire the 15-year-old Fraser. Playing in The Bluesbreakers (at the time featuring an 18-year-old Mick Taylor, only lasted until Fraser was 16, and after he was replaced, Korner put him in touch with guitarist Pail Kossoff , who, along with drummer Simon Kirke and vocalist Pail ROdgers had been on an unsuccessful search for a competent bass player to round out their new band.… Read more...