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Mick Lee, Paul Kossoff & Andy Fraser: "Endin' of My Days"

Updated: May 5, 2019

From the editors: When Mick Lee and Canopic began discussing his memoir Undiscovered Dinosaur, he mentioned a song he had recorded with Paul Kossoff and Andy Fraser, to which Canopic replied, "I'm sorry. Did you say Kossoff and Fraser?" There was reason to doubt the assertion, because in the Canopic universe, Kossoff and Fraser, members of the late-sixties band Free along with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, dwell within the pantheon of the musical gods. Turns out Mick and Kossoff were pals, and the three (plus a now anonymous drummer) went into the studio and recorded one of Mick's tunes. Yes, Mick Lee had Andy Fraser playing bass on one of his songs (and, for any doubters, ears are all you need to verify that it is indeed Mr. Fraser). Paul Kossoff, a blues-rock guitarslinger whose body of work ranks with the best of the era, plays the acoustic parts and, according to Mick, insisted that the songwriter play the electric lead himself. Mick is a musician with little false modesty, acknowledging both his strengths and weaknesses. When he says his skills as a lead guitarist are best described as limited, I believe him. But he puts his heart into it for Koss.) Enjoy, and if you like it, take a look at Undiscovered Dinosaur: Adventures with Rock Legends of the 60s, 70s and 80s. It's a good read, and "Endin' of My Days" is integral to its soundtrack.

Steve Winwood sipping brandy with Free, 1969: Winwood, Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, and Paul Kossoff

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