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"
Released15 May 1970 (1970-05-15) (UK)[1]
RecordedJanuary 1970
Studio
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)
Music video
"All Right Now" on YouTube

"All Right Now" is a song by English rock band Free. It originally appeared on the band's third studio album Fire and Water (1970), which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. Released as the album's second single, "All Right Now" hit number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[3] In July 1973, the song was re-released, reaching number 15 on the UK chart. In 1991, a Bob Clearmountain remix of the song was released, reaching number 8 on the UK chart.

"All Right Now" was a number 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] The song also remains as a staple of classic rock radio.

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.[6] 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."[7] Fraser has agreed largely with this history.[8][9]

Chart history[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Free[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).[32]

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.[33]

Since 1972, "All Right Now" as arranged by the Stanford Band has been the de facto fight song of Stanford University athletic teams.[34]

Rod Stewart recorded the song and released it as a single in the U.S., reaching number 72 in the winter of 1985.[35]

Pop duo Pepsi & Shirlie recorded it for their 1987 debut album, also called All Right Now.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. ^ Mckay, Neil (5 November 2008). "All Right Now for Free tribute show". The Journal. Newcastle. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015.
  7. ^ Allsworth, Steve (June 2011), "Free: All Right Now", Guitar Techniques, p. 14
  8. ^ "How I wrote 'All Right Now' by Free's Andy Fraser". 2 December 2013.
  9. ^ Snow, Mat (5 March 1991). "Out Of It". Q Magazine. 55: 15.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  12. ^ "Free – All Right Now" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (38): 61. September 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Le Dictionnaires des Tubes". Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Free – All Right Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – All Right Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 30, 1970" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Free – All Right Now". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (43): 68. October 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  23. ^ "Free – All Right Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Artist Search for "free"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  26. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 10/31/70". cashboxmagazine.com.
  27. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 17 July 2013.
  28. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1970". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  29. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  30. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1970". Archived from the original on 22 July 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Free – All Right Now". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  32. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok (Ommadawn.net). Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  33. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 282.
  34. ^ "Stanford Football Fan Fest". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  35. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X

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