Paul and Mick began writing together in the summer of 1973, and amassing a stockpile of material, they gave serious thought to forming a new band together. They took the name for their power rock supergroup from a 1972 Western film starring Jeff Bridges.
The band’s communal eagerness manifested itself in the speedy output of their debut album. Recorded in November 1973 at Ronnie Lane’s Headley Grange studio in just nine days, the eponymous LP set their blueprint – driving music par excellence with Rodger’s heavy, soulful vocals set against a rock-solid musical backdrop.
Classic tracks included Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Ready For Love and Bad Company.
Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant signed the band to his new Swan Song label, and they hit the big time almost immediately.
Bad Company began to tread water at the tail end of the 70s. Nevertheless, they continued to sell bucket loads of records right up until their 1983 parting shot, Rough Diamonds.
With Kirke and Howe reluctant to let the past slip gracefully away, they added session guitarist Geoff Whitehorn and bass player Paul Cullen for the 1990 album Holy Water.
Their subsequent releases were lukewarm AOR fodder, and by the 90s, Ralphs was the only original remaining member of the line-up.
Bad Company reunited in 2010, recording a live album at Wembley Arena in April.
Vocals, piano, guitar