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Simon Kirke

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Drummer Simon Kirke kept the defeat for two from the ’70s most widely used bluesy hard rockers: Free of charge and Poor Company. Delivered in London, Britain on July 28, 1949, Kirke’s family members didn’t consist of any music artists, but he created a pastime in music at a age group, when Kirke sang in his school’s choir. Soon after becoming a teen, the Beatles awakened Kirke’s fascination with rock and roll music and he found the drums, resulting in a gig with an area band known as the Maniacs, with Kirke providing drums and business lead vocals (a mixture quite uncommon at that time). Kirke exercised a cope with his parents after graduating senior high school, that when he couldn’t ensure it is being a drummer within a band in just a two-year period, he’d then take up a university career. Just a couple months prior to the self-imposed deadline, Kirke arrived a gig with an organization called the Dark Cat Bone fragments. The drummer befriended the group’s talented guitarist, Paul Kossoff, who subsequently confident Kirke to keep the group with him and commence a new clothing with vocalist Paul Rodgers. With ex-John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers bassist Andy Fraser authorized on aswell, Free of charge was officially created in 1968. Combining blues with hard rock and roll, the group would end up being quite influential, specifically on the effectiveness of their traditional 1970 release Open fire and Water, and its own strutting, anthemic strike single “FINE Now.” Even though band demonstrated great promise, an unhealthy drug habit started to hamper Kossoff’s playing, which resulted in tension inside the group, and after many albums, they split up in 1973 (unfortunately, Kossoff would pass away just 3 years later on). It didn’t consider Kirke long to get another gig nevertheless, as he became a member of Rodgers in a fresh band, Poor Company, that was quite comparable stylistically to Totally free. Joined up with by ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell and ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, Poor Company was among the 1st groups authorized to Led Zeppelin’s record label, Swan Track. Their producing debut recording, 1974’s Poor Company, would continue to become among hard rock’s all-time classics, and birthed such long-standing rock and roll radio requirements as “Can’t Obtain Enough,” “Prepared for Like,” as well as the name track. While Poor Company never were able to best their debut, the group continued to become among the decade’s best rock clothes before divorce in 1982 (the group would reunite later on in the 10 years without Rodgers, with differing outcomes, before Rodgers rejoined through the past due ’90s). Furthermore to his use Free and Poor Company, Kirke offers guested on more information on recordings by additional artists over time, including albums by Jim Capaldi, Mick Jones, Mick Ralphs, Ringo Starr, John Wetton, and Ron Solid wood, among countless others. In 2003, Kirke released his initial single tour, and participated within the fan-based Rock and roll N’ Roll Dream Camp alongside additional traditional rock music artists. He released his debut single outing, Seven Rays of Wish, in 2005, with Filling up the Void in 2011 and everything Due to You in 2017, the second option which included a ukulele edition from the Kirke-penned Poor Company traditional “FEEL JUST LIKE HAVING INTERCOURSE.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Simon Kirke
Profession Drummer, Singer-songwriter
Nationality English
Spouse Lorraine Kirke
Children Jemima Kirke, Lola Kirke, Domino Kirke, Simon Kirke, Jr.
Parents Olive May, Vivian Percy Kirke
Music Groups Bad Company, Free, Black Cat Bones, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Music Songs If You Needed Somebody, This Could Be the One, How About That, Holy Water, No Smoke Without a Fire, Something About You, Planet Dust, Walk Through Fire, Boys Cry Tough, All Right Now, What About You, Little Angel, When We Made Love, Stranger Stranger, Joe Fabulous, Lay Your Love on Me, Stranger Than Fiction, I Can't Live Without You, Dangerous Age, Brokenhearted, One Night, Take This Town, Dead of the Night, Company of Strangers, Where I Belong, Rock of America, Abandoned and Alone, This Love, Here Comes Trouble, Down and Dirty, Hold on to My Heart, You’re Never Alone
Albums Kossoff / Kirke / Tetsu / Rabbit, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Free Live!, Free, Heartbreaker, Fire and Water, Tons of Sobs, Holy Water, The Original Bad Company Anthology, The Free Story, Filling The Void, All Because of You
Movies Dear Mr. Fantasy: A Celebration for Jim Capaldi, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Tour 2003, Inside Bad Company 1974-1982


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1 Father of actress Jemima Kirke.
2 Formerly a drummer with British rock bands Free ("All Right Now") (1968-73) and Bad Company ("Can't Get Enough") (1973- ).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unforgettable 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Demolition 2015 writer: "Mr. Big Live at Sunderland / 1970"
Bad Company: The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary 2014 Documentary writer: "Bad Company", "Honey Child"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Physical Graffiti: A Classic Album Under Review 2008 Video documentary writer: "Bad Company"
27 Dresses 2008 writer: "Anna"
Paul Rodgers: Live in Glasgow 2007 Video documentary writer: "Bad Company", "Wishing Well"
Life on Mars 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bad Company: In Concert - Merchants of Cool 2002 Video documentary writer: "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Wishing Well", "Bad Company"
Scotland, Pa. 2001 writer: "Bad Company"
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "Wishing Well"
The Ice Storm 1997 writer: "Mr. Big"
Crossing the Bridge 1992 writer: "Bad Company"
From Hollywood to Deadwood 1988 performer: "Just For The Box" - as Kirke

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steel Tempest 2000 Video Sturmbannfuhrer Braun

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lessons from a Legend: Simon Kirke 2006 Video

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Riders 2001

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Company: In Concert - Merchants of Cool 2002 Video documentary post-production consultant

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Company: Hard Rock Live 2010 Video musician: drums

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Company: The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary 2014 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad Company: The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary 2014 Documentary Himself
Turn It Up! 2013 Documentary Himself
Beware of Mr. Baker 2012 Documentary
Bad Company: Live at Wembley 2011 Himself
Bad Company: Hard Rock Live 2010 Video Himself
The Naked Brothers Band 2009 TV Series Himself
Private Sessions 2008 TV Series Himself
Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp 2006 TV Movie Himself - Camp Counselor
Bad Company: In Concert - Merchants of Cool 2002 Video documentary Himself (Drums)
Bad Company Live 2000 TV Special Drums
The Life & Times of Steve Marriott 2000 Video documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1997 Documentary Himself (Free)
Politically Incorrect 1995 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1982-1983 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1971 TV Series Himself
Beat-Club 1970 TV Series

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