Paul Francis Kossoff (14 September 1950 – 19 March 1976) was an English blues rock guitarist. He was most notably a member of the band Free.

In April 1968, Kossoff and Kirke teamed up with Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Andy Fraser (bass) to form Free. They toured for two years, during which they recorded two albums: Tons of Sobs (1968) and Free (1969). Both albums showcased the band’s blues- and soul-influenced sound, a style that was in contrast to some of their progressive and heavier counterparts at the time.


Success came in 1970 when their third album, Fire and Water (1970), spawned the hit “All Right Now”. The band played the Isle of Wight festival to both audience and critical acclaim, and sellout tours in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Japan followed.


“ranked 51st in Rolling Stone’s list of
the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”

However, after the release of the next album, Highway (1970) and its relatively poor sales, band pressures led to a split. The live album Free Live! was recorded in 1970, and released in 1971 as a farewell record.

Kossoff and Kirke teamed up with Texan keyboard player John “Rabbit” Bundrick and Japanese bass player Tetsu Yamauchi to release the 1971 album Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit. Rodgers and Fraser pursued unsuccessful solo projects.

Free reformed and released the album Free at Last (1972). Following its release, Fraser decided he had had enough, and quit to form Sharks. Free drafted Tetsu and Rabbit for the album Heartbreaker (1973) after which the group disbanded.

Paul Kossof was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Read more on the Paul Kossof Official Website and also on Wikipedia


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