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Simon Kirke

Simon Kirke was born on July 28th 1949 in London. From an early age he played drums and by the time he was 14 he was playing semi-professionally. He left school at the age of 17 and was determined to become a drummer full-time. He held down a string of menial jobs during the day whilst auditioning in the evening. he joined a blues outfit called The Black Cat Bones featuring a guitarist called Paul Kossoff. After six months both Simon and Paul left and formed a new group called Free with Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser. the band formed in 1968 and toured the summer of 1969 with Blind Faith. Over the next five years this remarkable group released several albums and singles, the most famous one being "Allright Now." "Allright Now" was a top then hit for Free in the United States and Europe. Even though they were relatively young as a group, Free left a musical legacy which lasts to this day.

In 1973, Paul Rodgers and Simon disbanded Free and formed Bad Company with Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell. They signed a record contract with Swan Song Records, the record company started by Led Zeppelin and their manager Peter Grant. To this day, Bad Company is the only Swan Song act, with the exception of Led Zeppelin, to have any lasting impact. Five of the six albums Bad Company released with Paul Rodgers are multi-platinum or gold. Their debut record includes the hit singles "Can't Get Enough" and "Movin' On." the band's legacy of hit songs continued with "Good Lovin' Bone Bad," "Feel Like making Love," and "Rock and Roll Fantasy." Always thought of as a great live act, they did several successful stadium tours during the '70's. Paul left the band in 1982. Simon and Mick put the band back together in 1986 and continued to release more gold and platinum albums. Hits for Bad company during this period include "If You needed someone" and "Holy Water." In 1996 the band released Stories Told and Untold. With the combined successes of Free and Band Company, you can turn on any rock station in the world and you are likely to hear Simons drumming.

As well as being a well respected drummer, Simon is an accomplished songwriter and producer. He co-wrote the song "Bad Company" with Paul Rodgers and wrote "Anna" and "Weep No More" for the Straight Shooter album. He resides in New York City with his wife Lorraine and four children: Gregory, Domino, Jemmima, and Lola.

This biography and photograph was provided by Elizabeth Freund of Brooklyn, public relations consultant and publicist for the 1997 tour of Ringo and the All-Starr Band.The text was written by Alliance Artists Ltd. of Norcross, Georgia.

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