Andrew McLan Fraser was an English songwriter and bass guitarist whose career lasted over forty years, includes two spells as a member of the rock band Free, which he helped found in 1968, aged 15. Fraser was born in the Paddington area of Central London and started playing the piano at the age of five, he was trained classically until twelve. By thirteen he was playing in East End, West Indian clubs and after being expelled from school in 1968 at the age of 15, enrolled at Hammersmith College of Further Education. There, another student, Sappho Korner, introduced him to her father, pioneering blues musician and radio broadcaster Alexis Korner, who became a father figure to him. Shortly thereafter, upon receiving a telephone call from John Mayall, looking for a bass player, Korner suggested Fraser. Korner was instrumental in Fraser's next move, to the influential band Free, which consisted of Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke. Fraser produced and co-wrote the song "All Right Now" with Rodgers, a No. 1 hit in over 20 territories and recognised by ASCAP in 1990 for garnering over 1,000,000 radio plays in the United States by late 1989.
In October 2006, a BMI London Million-Air Award was given to Rodgers and Fraser to mark over 3 million radio and television plays of "All Right Now". Simon Kirke recalled: "'All Right Now' was created after a bad gig in Durham. We walked off the stage to the sound of our own footsteps; the applause had died before I had left the drum riser. It was obvious. All of a sudden the inspiration struck Fraser and he started bopping around singing'All Right Now', he wrote it right there in the dressing room. It couldn’t have taken more than ten minutes."Fraser co-wrote two other hit singles for Free, "My Brother Jake" and "The Stealer". Free split in 1971, Fraser formed a trio, with guitarist Adrian Fisher, drummer Stan Speake. Material was recorded but not released, Fraser re-joined Free in December 1971, he left for the second time in June 1972. After leaving Free, Fraser formed Sharks with vocalist Snips, guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer Marty Simon. Despite being well received by the critics for Spedding's tasteful guitar work, Fraser left after their debut album, First Water.
He formed the Andy Fraser Band, a trio with Kim Turner on drums and Nick Judd on keyboards. They released two albums, Andy Fraser Band and In Your Eyes, both in 1975, before that folded. Attempts to form a band with Frankie Miller came to nothing, Fraser relocated to California to concentrate on songwriting, he crafted hits for Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart and Paul Young. Fraser's most famous compositions remain "All Right Now" and "Every Kinda People", which Robert Palmer recorded in 1978 for his Double Fun album. In 1984, Fraser released another album of his own. Fine, Fine Line featured ex-Back Street Crawler drummer Tony Braunagel, Bob Marlette, Michael Thompson and David Faragher, with Fraser contributing vocals. One of the songs on the album, "Do You Love Me" — a cover of the Berry Gordy Jr.-penned song — spent five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 82 in March 1984. Having been diagnosed with HIV, he was diagnosed with Kaposi's sarcoma, a form of cancer, rare until the onset of the AIDS epidemic.
This time-line was called into question by Fraser's subsequent revelation. He played bass with former Free colleague Paul Rodgers at Woodstock'94, but otherwise kept a low profile until 2005, when a new release and Finally Free, appeared. At the time of the new album's release, Fraser was interviewed by Dmitry M. Epstein for the DME website and revealed: “To be quite honest, I never thought of myself as a bass-player. I only used the bass-guitar because the other kids in our school-band wanted to be the singer, or drummer, or guitarist. I have always thought of myself as doing. I’m happy adding piano, or tambourine, or anything that helped”. In early 2006, writing for Vintage Guitar magazine, Tom Guerra conducted a comprehensive interview with Fraser, covering his career and instruments and, in April, Fraser responded to the revival of interest in his music by announcing two rare live shows at Southern California's Temecula Community Arts Theatre on 4 May; the shows, accompanied by an eight-piece band, were his first live performances since the 1994 Woodstock reunion.
In 2008, he wrote and sang the song "Obama", to support the campaign to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. Founded by Fraser, Mctrax International was incorporated as Mctrax International Corporation in California in 2005. Headquartered in southern California, Mctrax International and its subsidiaries MctraxMedia, MctraxMotion and MctraxStudios were created as an outlet for his prolific songwriting. In May 2010, Fraser was interviewed for BBC Two's documentary series titled Roll; the project includes a five-part documentary, narrated by British music show anchor-man Mark Radcliffe plus online and radio content. "The documentary aims to explain the success of some of the greatest bands of the past 50 years, including the Who, the Police, the Doors, Bon Jovi and the Foo Fighters". In mid-2013, Fraser played a supporting role as bassist in the band of protege Tobi Earnshaw for a short series of UK dates
The Lordship of Fraser was created in the Peerage of Scotland on 29 June 1633. When granted by letters patent to Andrew Fraser and his male descendants; the peerage expired in 1720, with the death of the 4th Lord Fraser, as a result of his participation in The Fifteen. Andrew Fraser, 1st Lord Fraser Andrew Fraser, 2nd Lord Fraser Andrew Fraser, 3rd Lord Fraser Charles Fraser, 4th Lord Fraser The 4th Lord Fraser's wife Margaret, née Erskine, had been married to Simon Fraser of Inverallochy. Margaret and Simon's grandson Charles Fraser of Inverallochy was created Lord Fraser of Muchalls in the Jacobite peerage on 20 July 1723. Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page
Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser
Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser was an Indian Civil Servant and the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal between 1903 and 1908. Born in Bombay on 14 November 1848, Fraser was educated at the Edinburgh Academy before being called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, he was a son of Joanna Maria Shaw. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1871, serving in the Central Provinces for nearly thirty years. In 1897, he was appointed a CSI and was knighted with the KCSI in 1902. During his service he rose to be the Chief Commissioner of Central Provinces in 1899 followed by President of Police Commission in 1902. In 1903, he was selected the successor of James Bourdillon to the post of the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, he was elected President of The Asiatic Society for 1905–07. Fraser retained the position of Governor of the Western province of Bengal following the 1905 Partition of Bengal. However, his role in the planning of partition of Bengal, earned him notoriety among nationalist agitators, with a notable assassination attempt in 1907 which attempted to derail his train.
Another assassination attempt in November 1908 involved a pistol which failed to go off, the would-be assassin declaring that he wanted to show Bengalis that the Lieutenant-Governor was not invincible. He was succeeded in 1908 by Sir William Baker. Fraser's published works include his memoirs Among Indian Rajahs and Ryots published in 1909, India under Curzon and After published in 1911, he lived his final years at 22 Heriot Row in Edinburgh's Second New Town. Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser died on 26 February 1919, he is buried in Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh, on the south wall of the north section, backing onto the original cemetery. The stone is distinctive, carrying a St Andrews Cross in red granite by McGlashan, he is the founder and the first Principal of one of the biggest and most popular public school Rajkumar College, Chhattisgarh, India. Cpt His wife Henrietta died in 1952, their children included Cpt Charles J. S. Fraser MC and Cpt Harry Lugard Fraser and Professor A. G. Fraser principal of Trinity College.
Christie, Worlding Forster: The Passage from Pastoral, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-97214-0. Works written by or about Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser at Wikisource
Andrew Fraser (Queensland politician)
Andrew Peter Fraser was first elected into the Legislative Assembly of Queensland on 7 February 2004. He was the Deputy Premier of Queensland and Minister for State Development and Trade of the Queensland Government. On 24 March 2012, Andrew Fraser lost his seat to the LNP candidate Saxon Rice. Growing up in Proserpine, Fraser moved to Brisbane after winning a scholarship to Griffith University, he undertook a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith, obtaining first class honours and was winner of the University Medal. As a student, Fraser lived predominantly in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. On 7 February 2004, Fraser was elected as the State Member for Mount Coot-tha and was subsequently re-elected in 2006. After the 2006 election, Fraser was appointed to the position of Local Government Minister, where he oversaw controversial council amalgamations in Queensland. On 13 September 2007, Peter Beattie resigned as Premier of Queensland. At a subsequent media conference, Fraser stumbled by saying that he hoped to be a "future-focused Premier", but corrected himself.
Furthermore, on 26 March 2009, he was given an additional portfolio and appointed the Minister for Employment and Economic Development on top of being State Treasurer. On 21 February 2011, Premier Anna Bligh announced a machinery of government change and appointed Fraser as Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade. Appointed at the age of 30, Andrew Fraser was the second-youngest Treasurer in the state's history. In 2011, Fraser became Deputy Premier of Queensland after the resignation of Paul Lucas from the position. In the state election of 24 March 2012, Andrew Fraser lost his seat to the LNP candidate Saxon Rice
First Among Equals (novel)
First Among Equals is a 1984 novel by British author Jeffrey Archer, which follows the careers and personal lives of four fictional British politicians from 1964 to 1991, with each vying to become Prime Minister. Several situations in the novel are drawn from Archer's own early political career in the British House of Commons, the fictional characters interact with actual political figures from the UK and elsewhere including Winston Churchill, Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Hurd, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Gary Hart and Queen Elizabeth II; the title is a literal translation of the Latin term Primus inter pares, a term used to refer to either the most senior member of a group of equals or to refer to someone who claims to be just one member of a group of equals when in reality he or she dominates said group. This phrase is used to describe the official constitutional status of the British Prime Minister within the Cabinet; when published in the United States, the novel was rewritten to eliminate the character of Andrew Fraser.
The Fraser character departs the Labour Party to join the breakaway Social Democratic Party. According to Archer, the change was made because the publisher did not believe the American audience would understand a multi-party political system; as a result, several plot elements revolving around Fraser were transferred to other characters, notably Simon Kerslake, who suffered through a change of heart toward a prospective marriage partner and the loss of a child. The ending of the novel differed in the US version as well, with both the winner of the ultimate election and the manner in which the contest was decided changing from one version to the next. In an interview, Archer joked that he found his American friends were more supportive of Kerslake, while his British readers backed Gould; the original UK version was released in the United States as well. First Among Equals was adapted into a Granada Television serial transmitted by ITV in 1986; the Honourable Charles Gurney Seymour, 1st Viscount Seymour of the Downs, is the second son of the Earl of Bridgwater.
When the novel was first published in the United States, the character's name was altered to "Charles Gurney Hampton". As he is the younger of twins, he does not inherit his father's peerage, shares in a merchant bank, a castle in Scotland or the 20,000-acre family estate. Missing out on such opulence and power to his harmless brother Rupert whom he despises leaves him bitter. Charles went to Eton College. After leaving school he progressed to Christ Church at the University of Oxford to read History. One night he heard a speech given by then-Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, he was so inspired by the speech. An implacably ambitious and scheming man, Charles was elected the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Sussex Downs with a majority in excess of 20,000 votes in 1964, he set about making himself stand out amongst the new intake of Conservative MPs. He ruthlessly backed Edward Heath for the leadership of the Conservative Party following the resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home because Heath was most to lead the party.
His tactics paid off. His early posts included a stint in the Shadow Chief Whip's Office and the Shadow Local Government and Housing Department. Charles Seymour always predicted Simon Kerslake was "the only one of his contemporaries who could prevent him from leading the party." He therefore set about to wreck Kerslake's career. He tried to bankrupt him, leaked any scandals he could find about Kerslake, abused his powers as Junior Whip to ensure that Kerslake was absent on crucial votes in the House of Commons, thus causing him to lose favour with the leader, unsuccessfully attempted to block Kerslake's bid to return to the Commons after his seat was abolished by boundary changes. Although he did not support her in the leadership election following the forced resignation of Edward Heath, Charles served under Margaret Thatcher as Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary. Charles attempted to succeed Thatcher as Conservative Leader following her resignation, he stood against the foppish MP Alec Pimkin for the leadership.
He topped the first ballot with an insufficient majority. He lost the second ballot thanks to the defeated Alec Pimkin deciding to vote for Kerslake. Seymour was damaged by the donation of a famous and expensive family portrait of the First Earl of Bridgewater to the British Museum; the move was perceived by members as being opportunistic, contributed to Seymour getting a lower 2nd ballot total than on the first ballot. In reality, the portrait was stolen from him by his ex-wife Fiona, who wanted to inflict maximum personal hurt on Seymour, she made the donation in the midst of the leadership contest knowing Seymour could not politically ask for the portrait to be returned to him. First Ballot 1. Charles Seymour 138 votes 2. Simon Kerslake 135 votes 3. Alec Pimkin 15 votes Second Ballot 1. Simon Kerslake 158 votes 2. Charles Seymour 130 votes Charles was depressed about losing the leadership contest, his fate was sealed when his embittered ex-wife sold his story to the tabloid News of the Worl
Andrew Fraser, Baron Fraser of Corriegarth
Alexander Andrew Macdonell Fraser, Baron Fraser of Corriegarth was a treasurer of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom and is a member of the House of Lords. He is described variously as a "stockbroker" or an "investment banker". Fraser is the son of Ian Fraser, Baron Fraser of Tullybelton, a prominent Scottish lawyer who became a Law Lord, he was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Oxford where he read Philosophy and Economics. After graduation, he worked at various jobs in the financial sector, his major jobs included: CEO of Baring Securities in the UK Chairman of EPL - Equity Partners Ltd. a Bangladeshi investment bank, now BRAC EPL after taken over by BRAC Bank Chairman of Bridge Securities, a Korean company Director of Asia Frontier Capital, the associated AFC Umbrella Fund and AFC Umbrella Fund, a fund management company based in Hong Kong focusing on equity investments in Asian frontier countries like Bangladesh, Iraq, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Fraser was Head of Equities at Barings Bank in 1995, when it collapsed after £827 million losses resulting from poor speculative investments carried out by Nick Leeson. In 1992, Fraser had written a memo expressing concern about Leeson's power, he was made a life peer in 2016 as part of David Cameron's Resignation Honours list. On the morning of 31 August 2016 he was created Baron Fraser of Corriegarth, of Corriegarth in the County of Inverness, he is married to Rebecca, they have two daughters and three sons between them, split their time between London and The Highlands, from where his title derives. Fraser is described by The Guardian as a "major donor" to the Conservative party, he was the second largest Better Together donor, giving £200,000 to the campaign for a no vote in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014