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"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.[2] "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"
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Single by Free
from the album Fire and Water
B-side "Mouthful of Grass"
Released May 1970 (1970-05)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded
Genre
Length 4:14 (single version)
5:31 (album version)
Label Island
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Free
Free singles chronology
"Fire and Water"
(1970)
"All Right Now"
(1970)
"The Stealer"
(1970)
"Fire and Water"
(1970)
"All Right Now"
(1970)
"The Stealer"
(1970)
Audio sample

"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.[3] In 2006, the BMI London awards included a Million Air award for 3 million air plays of All Right Now in the USA.[4]

According to drummer Simon Kirke, "All Right Now" was written by bassist Andy Fraser and singer Paul Rodgers in the Durham Students' Union building, Dunelm House.[5]

One of the engineers during the recordings of "All Right Now" was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen's producer (he mixed "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" among others).

Contents

Chart positionEdit

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

PersonnelEdit

Cover versionsEdit

"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).[17]

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.[18]

Since 1972, "All Right Now" as arranged by Stanford Band has been the de facto fight song of Stanford University athletic teams.[19]

See alsoEdit

Uses in popular cultureEdit

It was featured in the Academy Award-winning film American Beauty.

It was featured in the film Now and Then.

It was used in a UK Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum TV commercial.

Free's version appears in a 2016 TV commercial for Chili's restaurants.

It was remixed in the Thomas & Friends episode "Mucking About".

Used in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), even though the story of the film is set in 1969.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (10 March 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 20. 
  2. ^ "Obsolete song title page". Tsort.info. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Paul Rodgers on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ "2006 BMI London Awards | News". BMI.com. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  5. ^ Mckay, Neil (5 November 2008). "All Right Now for Free tribute show". The Journal. Newcastle. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Free – All Right Now" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (38): 61. September 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Free Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Free ((GBR)) search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Free – All Right Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Free – All Right Now". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 82 (43): 68. October 1970. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Free – All Right Now". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Artist Search for "free"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  17. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok (Ommadawn.net). Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  18. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 282. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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