Personalities | Status Quo | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–present)

The great survivors of British rock, Quo are synonymous with three-chord boogie but first came to public attention in 1967 with the psychedelically flavoured single ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ (their only US Top 20 hit). A change of direction to their more familiar style was heralded by the single ‘Down The Dustpipe’ and explored more fully on the 1970 album Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon. The line-up coalesced around the ever-present duo of Francis Rossi (guitar, vocals) and Rick Parfitt (guitar) with Alan Lancaster (bass) and Richard Coughlan (drums).

Bedecked in denim and plimsolls, Quo were a potent live force, consolidating their popularity with a string of consistent albums: Piledriver, Hello (both 1973), Quo (1974), On The Level (1975) and Blue For You (1976). Their many hits include ‘Caroline’, their only UK singles chart topper ‘Down Down’ and the song that would open Live Aid, John Fogerty’s ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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