All Right Now

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"All Right Now"
Free all right now.png
Single by Free
from the album Fire and Water
B-side"Mouthful of Grass"
ReleasedMay 15, 1970 (1970-05-15)[1]
Format7-inch single
Recorded
Genre
Length4:14 (single version)
5:31 (album version)
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Free
Free singles chronology
"Fire and Water"
(1970)
"All Right Now"
(1970)
"The Stealer"
(1970)
Audio sample

"All Right Now" is a single by the English rock band Free. The song, released in 1970, hit #2 on the UK singles chart and #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[3] "All Right Now" originally appeared on the album Fire and Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.

"All Right Now" was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989.[4] In 2006, the BMI London awards included a Million Air award for 3 million air plays of "All Right Now" in the USA.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 44
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 10
France (SNEP)[10] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 9
Sweden (Radio Sweden)[16] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 4

Composition[edit]

According to drummer Simon Kirke, "All Right Now" was written by Free bassist Andy Fraser and singer Paul Rodgers in the Durham Students' Union building, Dunelm House.[20] He said: "'All Right Now' was created after a bad gig in Durham. We finished our show and walked off the stage to the sound of our own footsteps. The applause had died before I had even left the drum riser. It was obvious that we needed a rocker to close our shows. All of a sudden the inspiration struck Fraser and he started bopping around singing 'All Right Now'. He sat down and wrote it right there in the dressing room. It couldn’t have taken more than ten minutes."[21] Fraser has agreed largely with this history.[22]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Silver 250,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

"All Right Now", recorded by Mike Oldfield (produced by Tom Newman), with vocals by Wendy Roberts, Pierre Moerlen and Tom Newman, was issued as a one-sided promotional blue 7" single flexi-disc in 1979. The single was given only to Virgin Records executives and never issued to the public, making it one of the most elusive collectors' items in the Oldfield catalogue (number Virgin TT-362).[24]

Also in 1979, studio disco group Witch Queen released a disco version of the song, as a double A-side with a cover of T. Rex's Bang a Gong. It peaked at number eight on the US Billboard disco chart.[25]

Since 1972, "All Right Now" as arranged by the Stanford Band has been the de facto fight song of Stanford University athletic teams.[26]

American soul singer Lea Roberts recorded the song on her 1975 album Lady Lea (United Artists UA-LA418-G).

Rod Stewart recorded the song and released it as a single in the U.S., reaching #72 in the winter of 1985.[27]

Pepsi & Shirlie recorded the song as a single (#50) and an album (#69) of the same name in 1987.

Lemonescent had a cover version of that song reaching #7 in Scotland and #37 in the UK in 2004 before the group was disbanded.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Right Now". 45cat. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (10 March 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 20.
  3. ^ "Obsolete song title page". Tsort.info. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Paul Rodgers on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "2006 BMI London Awards | News". BMI.com. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Free – All Right Now" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (38): 61. September 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Free – All Right Now". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – All Right Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 30, 1970" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Free – All Right Now". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (43): 68. October 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Free – All Right Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Artist Search for "free"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  20. ^ Mckay, Neil (5 November 2008). "All Right Now for Free tribute show". The Journal. Newcastle.
  21. ^ Allsworth, Steve (June 2011), "Free: All Right Now", Guitar Techniques, p. 14
  22. ^ https://www.songwritingmagazine.co.uk/interviews/how-i-wrote-all-right-now-by-frees-andy-fraser/14154
  23. ^ "British single certifications – Free – All Right Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 September 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type All Right Now in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok (Ommadawn.net). Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  25. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 282.
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X

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