Mick Ralphs autograph Bad Company
Mick Ralphs autograph Bad Company – Mott The Hoople
Michael Geoffrey “Mick” Ralphs (born 31 March 1944) is an English guitarist and songwriter, who was a founding member of rock bands Mott the Hoople and Bad Company.
Ralphs began his career as a teenager, playing with blues-rock band the Buddies. He released a single with that group in 1964 before joining the Mod Doc Thomas Group in 1966. After an eponymous Italian album debut, the band changed its name twice. First to Silence in 1968 and then, in 1969, to Mott the Hoople. Ralphs remained with Mott the Hoople until 1973.
In 1974, he founded Bad Company along with vocalist Paul Rodgers from Free. The band’s debut album that year included the Ralphs’-penned hit “Can’t Get Enough”, for which Ralphs tuned his guitar in the open-C tuning C-C-G-C-E-C. Stating, “It never really sounds right in standard tuning. It needs the open C to have that ring.” The debut album reached number one in the United States. Ralphs continued to record and tour with Bad Company until the original band folded in 1982.
In 1984 he toured with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on Gilmour’s About Face tour. In 1985, he released a solo album, Take This, which included Bad Company’s drummer Simon Kirke. He teamed up with future Bad Company guitarist Dave Colwell for a limited four-run live support of the album. Which also featured drummer Chris Slade of Uriah Heep and keyboard player Lindsay Bridgewater, who performed with Ozzy Osbourne. He did one performance with a band called Cold Turkey.