Andy Fraser

This remarkably articulate bassist composed the seminal guitar anthem “All Right Now,” and penned hits for Robert Palmer (“Every Kind of People”), among others. Andy Fraser played his Gibson EB-3 like Miles Davis played trumpet – every note had a purpose, he possessed a signature sound – and akin to Davis, Fraser was a master rhythm and space.

After departing Free in 1972 at the age of 21, he hardly played bass on record anymore, which is a shame: a true virtuoso – and a lovely chap – I interviewed him for his extraordinary solo album Naked and Finally Free. The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame’s omission of Free: Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke, and Andy Fraser – is blasphemous!