Boz Burrell

Though Peter Overend Watts of Mott the Hoople was offered the gig first, the late Raymond “Boz” Burrell was the perfect choice for the iconic hard rock hit making machine Bad Company.

A jazz crooner who took up the bass at Robert Fripp's behest, the vastly underrated Boz plied his craft with innate simplicity abetted with a decidedly rhythm and blues disposition.

A fretless pioneer, Boz also waxed sides with Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane (Rough Mix/1977), Alvin Lee and Mylon LeFevre (On the Road to Freedom / 1973), Jon Lord, Alexis Korner, Tam White, and Chris Farlowe, among others.

When the original Bad Co. reunited in '99 (The Original Bad Company box set), Boz flexed his vastly improved harmonic chops on the five string.