Andy Fraser, the co-writer of iconic rock anthem “All Right Now” when he was a teenager for the British rock band FREE, passed away on Monday March 16th, 2015 in his home in California. His family has announced that his funeral and memorial services aims to be privately held in California, where he had been living for over 30 years. An organised tribute celebration for his loyal fans is being considered for later this year in his homeland of England.
However, the legacy of Andy Fraser the humanitarian, seems to be adopting a life of its own as friends and family vow to continue his fundraising and campaigning work in his memory. Andy was a funny loving man who supported and even pioneered many vital causes worldwide. From global marine environment and human trafficking, right through to AIDS, children’s cancer and many more highly worthy causes. Andy Fraser was an ambassador, patron and awareness raiser for everything that he felt passionate about. His daughters, Hannah and Jasmine, have requested that fans donate and support these causes in respect of their father’s wishes.
Most of the world saw Andy Fraser as the iconic rock star with the warm heart. Close friend and collaborator Eric Donaldson, President of NINETEEN87, produced a moving tribute video in honour of Andy Fraser, which he gifted to Andy’s family:
“I think Andy wrote this song ‘Healing Hands’ just for this moment. I am once again humbled by his ability to evoke emotions from within all of us. That is, we all have someone in our lives he wrote this for. Or, maybe that person is you. Forget the video for a moment. Close your eyes and listen to the song, to the words and see how happy he is that you’re listening.” – Eric Alan Donaldson, Film Producer.
Any Fraser tribute video link: https://vimeo.com/122686869
Fraser enjoyed phenomenal international success throughout the span of his career. At the age of 15 he became the bassist for one of the British Invasion’s most renowned rock bands FREE.
Fraser was honoured by BMI’s 4 Million Play Club for writing the monster rock anthem “All Right Now,” and was the songwriter for Robert Palmer’s mega-hit “Every Kind Of People”. In addition, he had written and composed for artists including; Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Joe Cocker, Paul Carrack, Wilson Pickett, Three Dog Night, Bob Seger, Randy Crawford, Etta James, Frankie Miller, and Ted Nugent.
A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy Fraser was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights. His last live performance was for the non-profit Rock Against Trafficking’s Grammy After Party at Exchange LA on February 8th, 2015.
Label Manager for McTrax (Andy’s record label), Cyrene Jagger, made this statement: “The family has requested that anyone who wishes to show their appreciation of Andy can donate to a cause that he was passionate about. Please choose something that touches your heart. You can honour Andy and his legacy by following his example, which was to choose to live your life in service, to the best of your ability, in the care and love of one another.”
The following is a list of charities that Andy Fraser was actively involved with.
Blue Sphere Foundation http://www.bluespherefoundation.org
Avaaz.org – The World In Action http://www.avaaz.org/en/
Discovery Arts http://www.discoveryarts.org
Operation of Hope http://operationofhope.org/
Legacy of Hope http://legacyofhope.org/
Elton John’s Aids Foundation http://london.ejaf.org/
International Justice Mission https://www.ijm.org/
For those who would like to rock the world in the way Andy Fraser did, support a cause and let his name live on.