GRAMMY-nominated British rock band Bad Company recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Bad Company — vocalist/keyboardist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke — discussed the band's formation and their individual musical influences. The band were later joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning to perform a brief set featuring the Top 20 hits "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy," among others.
"[Paul and I] shared a lot of common interests in songs, and we wanted to extend that to continue to write together and make an album," said Ralphs regarding Bad Company's formation. "We didn't really plan at that point to make a band."
Formed in 1973 by former members of Mott The Hoople (Ralphs), Free (Rodgers and Kirke) and King Crimson (late bassist Boz Burrell), Bad Company released their eponymous debut album in 1974 on Led Zeppelin's now-defunct label Swan Song Records. The album climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and that same year the band earned their lone GRAMMY nomination to date for Best New Artist. Bad Company was followed by two other Swan Song Records releases: Straight Shooter (1975) and Run With The Pack (1976), both of which peaked in the Top 5, the former on the strength of the Top 10 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love."
Bad Company subsequently released three albums to chart in the Top 40: Burnin' Sky (1977, No. 15), Desolation Angels (1979, No. 3) and Rough Diamonds (1982, No. 26). The latter marked the group's final album in their original incarnation before embarking on a hiatus. Ralphs and Kirke continued to record and tour as Bad Company with vocalist Brian Howe. During this time, Rodgers released several solo albums, including his 1983 debut Cut Loose and 1993's Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute To Muddy Waters, which featured guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Brian May, and Richie Sambora, and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Following a reunion of the original lineup in 1998, Bad Company have continued to tour and have released several live albums, including 2011's Live At Wembley. The band commemorated their 40th anniversary in 2013 with a reunion tour that featured co-headlining dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bad Company's current lineup features Kirke, Leese, Ralphs, Rodgers, and Ronning.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Divided & United — Music Of The Civil War (Nov. 7), Architects Of Sound: Motown Celebration Concert At Club Nokia (Nov. 11), An Evening With Swamp Dogg (Nov. 14), and Spotlight: Butch Walker (Dec. 4).
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