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Bad Company Biography

Bad Company, one of the most acclaimed Classic-Rock bands of the '70s, was formed in ENGLAND in 1973, when the legendary Free disbanded and two of its members, singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, hooked up with guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Boz Burrell.

They realased the self-titled debut album in the summer of 1974, the record peaked at #1 in U.S. Pop Albums chart going platinum five times over and generated "Can't Get Enough" that entered the top 5 of the U.S. Pop Singles chart plus "Movin' On" which ranked in the top 20 in the same chart.
The next year saw the release "Straight Shooter" hitting #3 on The Official U.S. Pop Albums chart and "Feel Like Makin' Love" climbed into the top 10 of the U.S. Pop Singles chart followed by the top 40 hit "Good Lovin' Gone Bad"; their second album also enjoyed international success, selling over three million copies and reached the #3 in U.K. chart.
1976's "Run With The Pack" was another million seller and stormed again the American and British charts ranking in the top 5; its single, "Young Blood", became a top 20 hit on The U.S. Pop chart, "Honey Child" was a minor hit.
In the spring of 1977, the quartet issued "Burnin' Sky" which peaked at #15 in U.S. Pop Albums chart and also missed the top 10 in Britain, the two singles, "Honey Child" and the title-track, scored minor success Stateside.
Two years later, Bad Company, returned in the top 3 of the U.S. Albums chart with the the double-platinum "Desolation Angels", highligted by "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" which hit #13 on The Official U.S. Pop Singles chart, the second single, "Gone, Gone, Gone", reached the #56 in the same list; the album was supported by a highly successful world tour.
The foursome returned in action after three-year hiatus, with the release of the U.S. top 30 album "Rough Diamonds" in 1982, then their incomparable lead singer Paul Rodgers left the band to take time off and to eventually pursue a solo career; the record generated "Electric Land" which peaked at #2 on Mainstream Rock chart plus another minor hit: "Racetrack".
In 1986, Ralphs, Burrell and Kirke revived the band with vocalist Brian Howe, they released "Fame And Fortune", it contained "This Love" that reached the #12 on Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and entered The Billboard Hot 100, also the title-track became a Mainstream Rock top 40 hit.
1988's "Dangerous Age" took Bad Company into the top 60 of The Billboard 200 Albums chart spawning three Active Rock top 10 hits: "No Smoke Without A Fire", "Shake It Up" and "One Night".
Two years later the band enjoyed commercial success with "Holy Water" which reached the #35 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list selling over one million copies, the record contained five Mainstream Rock top 20 hit singles, including the #1 "Holy Water", the #2 "If You Needed Somebody", the #3 "Boys Cry Tough" plus "Stranger Stranger" and "Walk Through Fire".
In September 1992 the group issued "Here Comes Trouble", it entered the top 40 of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and once again scored #1 on Mainstream Rock Tracks chart with "How About That"; two more single cuts climbed into the top 30 in the same chart: "This Could Be The One" and the title-track.
Three years later appeared the group's eleventh studio-album, "Company Of Strangers", but failed to become a hit, it includes only one Mainstream Rock top 20 hit, "Down And Dirty"; "Stories Told & Untold" followed in 1996, this set contains early material and new songs.

In 1999 Rodgers, Kirke, Ralphs and Burrell came back together and recorded some new track for the retrospective double-CD collection "The Original Bad Company Anthology", two of its previously unreleased tracks, "Hammer Of Love" and "Hey Hey" have respectively reached the #23 and #15 spots on Mainstream Rock chart, the long awaited reunion tour followed in the spring of that same year.


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