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Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers is a celebrated rock singer and songwriter, best known for his powerful and distinctive voice. Over his career, he has fronted several notable rock bands and has also enjoyed a successful solo career.

Paul Rodgers’ career spans over five decades, during which he has established himself as one of rock's premier vocalists. His work with bands like Free and Bad Company, as well as his successful solo endeavors, have cemented his legacy in rock music history.

Paul Bernard Rodgers was born on December 17, 1949, in Middlesbrough, England. He began his musical career in the 1960s, initially inspired by blues and rock 'n' roll artists like Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett.

Rodgers formed the band Free in 1968 along with guitarist Paul Kossoff, bassist Andy Fraser, and drummer Simon Kirke. Free achieved significant success with hits like "All Right Now," which became a rock anthem. Their album "Fire and Water" (1970) was particularly successful. The band faced internal conflicts and disbanded in 1973.

After Free, Rodgers and Simon Kirke joined forces with guitarist Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople) and bassist Boz Burrell (King Crimson) to form Bad Company. Bad Company became one of the first bands signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records. Their debut album, "Bad Company" (1974), was a huge success, featuring hits like "Can't Get Enough" and "Bad Company".

The band was known for their straightforward rock sound, and became one of the defining rock bands of the 1970s. Rodgers has participated in various reunions of Bad Company over the years.

In 1984, Rodgers teamed up with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to form The Firm. They released two albums, "The Firm" (1985) and "Mean Business" (1986), featuring hits like "Radioactive."

Rodgers has released several solo albums, including "Cut Loose" (1983), "Now" (1997), and "Electric" (1999).

He has worked with various artists and bands over the years. Notably, he performed with the surviving members of Queen from 2004 to 2009 under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers, releasing the album "The Cosmos Rocks" (2008).

Paul Rodgers is widely recognized for his vocal prowess and has been cited as an influence by many rock singers. He has variously been called "The Voice" and the "rock & roll singer's rock & roll singer". He was ranked 55th on Rolling Stone’s list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time."

Rodgers' forte may be that he never seems to sing a song exactly the same way twice. His vocals on record are perhaps the straightest versions to be sure, but in live performance he stretches out, tweaking the melody with improvisation, like the Blues heroes of his youth, but never to the point of distraction. His voice is akin to a lead instrument, just one that happens to include the lyrics. And, most notably, time does not seem to have diminished his vocal abilities.

Rodgers has received various accolades throughout his career, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Free in 2000.

He is also known for his charitable work, supporting causes related to music education and animal welfare. Rodgers is married to Cynthia Kereluk, a former Miss Canada and fitness expert. They married in 2007.