Happy Birthday today (Dec. 17) to Paul Rodgers. The Bad Company, ex Free singer is 66.

"The Voice" as dubbed by his fans, Rodgers has ranked at number 55 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Paul Rodger's had stints with a couple of other bands in the 80's and early 90's including The Firm and The Law. He also recorded and toured as frontman for Queen from 2004-2009. Many rock singers have cited Rodgers as an influence, including Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, Eric Martin of Mr. Big, Steve Walsh from Kansas, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and many others. John Mellencamp at one time was quoted as calling Rodgers, "The best rock singer ever."

I've seen Paul Rodgers several times over the years with Bad Company and the guy is a hell of a performer.