Paul Francis Kossoff

Paul Francis Kossoff

British guitarist and songwriter, best known as a member of the band Free.
Date of Birth: 14.09.1950
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. Biography of Paul Francis Kossoff
  2. Friendship with Peter Green and Formation of Free
  3. Rise and Fall of Free
  4. Revival and Tragic Death

Biography of Paul Francis Kossoff

Paul Francis Kossoff was a British guitarist and songwriter, best known as a member of the band Free. Born into a family of Russian-Jewish origin, he was the son of actor David Kossoff. In the mid-1960s, Kossoff started playing in amateur bands and his first professional venture was with the band Black Cat Bones, where he played alongside drummer Simon Kirke.

Friendship with Peter Green and Formation of Free

During this time, Black Cat Bones had the opportunity to open for Fleetwood Mac, which led to Kossoff becoming friends with guitarist Peter Green. Kossoff and Green often jammed together and had extensive discussions about blues music. In April 1968, Kossoff and Kirke joined forces with vocalist Paul Rodgers and bassist Andy Fraser to form the band Free.

Rise and Fall of Free

Free gained popularity and achieved success with songs like "All Right Now" and "Fire and Water." However, Kossoff's drug problems began to hasten the band's downfall and took a toll on his health. After leaving Free, Kossoff released his first solo album, "Back Street Crawler," but subsequently withdrew from the music industry for almost two years.

Revival and Tragic Death

In the spring of 1975, Kossoff returned to the spotlight when he embarked on a tour of England with John Martyn. The touring band, known as Back Street Crawler, included vocalist Terry Wilson-Slesser, New York keyboardist Mike Montgomery, Texas drummer Tony Braunagel, and bassist Terry Wilson. The band continued to perform together and adopted the name Back Street Crawler, named after Kossoff's debut solo album.

Tragically, on March 19, 1976, during a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Paul Kossoff passed away from a heart attack at the young age of 25. His body was cremated. A retrospective album, "Koss," featuring 16 tracks recorded by Kossoff at various times, was released in 1977. In the late 1990s, another similar album called "Blue Soul" was released, which included 14 songs, as there was a renewed interest in Kossoff's work during that time.

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