The bass player and co-writer on a song that has become a worldwide anthem — you’ve heard it, we’re reasonably sure — has reportedly died. CBS News reports that Andy Fraser of the veteran British band Free died Monday in Temecula, in Riverside County, Calif.
The cause of death for Fraser, who was 62, was under investigation, according to the report.
Free’s monster hit was the 1970 track “All Right Now,” which is still played regularly in football stadiums and sports arenas. The marching bands for Stanford University and the University of Southern California are among the many bands that continue to feature the song.
Besides co-writing the song and playing bass on it, Fraser produced the recording of “All Right Now.”
“At age 15, the London-born Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers including Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor,” CBS News reports. “Within a year, Fraser became a founding member of Free. The band’s most prominent member was singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, who would also go on to front Bad Company and The Firm.”
After Free disbanded in 1972, Fraser formed the band the Sharks, which was short-lived. He continued to play music for most of his life.
Here’s Free performing “All Right Now,” with Fraser on bass: