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Album: Straight ShooterReleased: 1975
This tells the story of young boy who grows up to be a rock star, but he succumbs to rock and roll excess and dies of a drug overdose. According to Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers, the song is a warning. He wrote it about the casualties of the music business; people like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as well as others who didn't make it.
An eerie parallel to the character in this song is Paul Kossoff, who was Paul Rogers' bandmate in the group Free. Kossoff died of a heroin overdose in 1976, a year after this was released. The guitarist was just 25 years old when he died.