Bad Company released their self-titled debut album on June 26, 1974. The group had formed in 1971 after the split of frontman Paul Rodgers’ previous group, Free. Rodgers initially began writing with former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and the group soon signed to Atlantic Records.
Bad Company’s debut rose to the top of the Billboard 200 chart that September, bumping “Fulfillingness' First Finale” by Stevie Wonder out of the top spot. The track stayed on top for one week before it was succeeded by the Beach Boys “Endless Summer.”
In addition to its success on the albums chart, their self-titled debut also yielded a number one hit single with “I Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.” The album also includes the band’s eponymous classic “Bad Company” and their classic rock radio staple “Ready For Love.”