Chart Performance: Pop (#10); 1975
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Like Cream before them, Bad Company was comprised of “superstar” musicians: Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke formerly of Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott The Hoople, and Boz Burrell of King Crimson. As Bad Company – named after a 1972 Civil War-era Western movie – they gathered for their first rehearsal in April of 1973, recorded a self-titled album during 10 days in November, and, on March 8, 1974, took the stage at Newcastle City Hall for their UK public debut. Three months later they were on the English chart with Can’t Get Enough, which also became their first American hit at #5. In the UK, Bad Company was quickly showered with industry awards. However, in the U.S., where Bad Company had even greater success, the membership of NARAS gave composer/pianist Marvin Hamlisch the Best New Artist Grammy instead of Rodgers and company. The Sting was Marvin’s only hit single while Bad Company’s next album sold three million copies and generated Feel Like Makin’ Love.
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- Bad Company
Lyrics Written by:
- Paul Rodgers
- Mick Ralphs