The Free Electric Band

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"The Free Electric Band"
Single by Albert Hammond
from the album The Free Electric Band
B-side"You Taught Me to Sing the Blues"
ReleasedApril 1973
GenrePop rock, soft rock
LabelMums Records 6009
Songwriter(s)Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood
Producer(s)Albert Hammond
Albert Hammond singles chronology
"If You've Got to Break Another Heart"
"The Free Electric Band"
"The Peacemaker"

"The Free Electric Band" is a song written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood and performed by Hammond. The song reached #19 on the UK Singles Chart, #11 in South Africa and #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.[1] The song appeared on his 1973 album, The Free Electric Band[2] and was produced by Hammond and arranged by Michael Omartian.[3]

The lyrics tell the story of a postwar middle-class American youth who rebels against the values of his parents by pursuing a musical career rather than the professional life that had been expected of him.

Other recordings[edit]

Lalla Hansson recorded the song in Swedish, as "Han gav upp alltihop (för att spela med sitt band)".[4]


  1. ^ "The Free Electric Band (song by Albert Hammond) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  2. ^ "The Free Electric Band • Album • Albert Hammond • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  3. ^ "Albert Hammond - The Free Electric Band (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  4. ^ "Svenska hits" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedtabas. 2002. Retrieved 31 October 2014.