Status Quo

Status Quo

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Two south London fellows called Alan Lancaster (bass) and Francis Rossi (guitar) founded the band "The Spectres" in 1962 (see The Spectres (2)). At that time, Mr. Rossi preferred to call himself Mike after one of his second names.
In 1966, the band changed their name to "Traffic", shortly thereafter to "Traffic Jam" (see Traffic Jam (5)). The lineup consisted of Lancaster, Rossi, John Coghlan (drums) and Roy Lynes (keyboard).
A year later, the band changed name once again to "The Status Quo". Rick Parfitt (guitar) joined the band. Their first hit record, "Pictures of Matchstick Men", was released. "The" was soon omitted from the name of the band, known thereafter as just "Status Quo"
In 1970, an LP, "Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon", was released. The album showed that the band was heading towards a heavy rock'n'roll style.
Roy Lynes left the band before the recordings of the next album, although shared writing credits for one track.
The first release of an album on Vertigo came in 1972, "Piledriver" showed that Quo intended to play a heavy, guitar-dominated boogie-rock'n'roll. (A decision that made them one of the greatest bands ever.)
The release of "Hello!" in 1973 made it clear that their rock'n'roll intention wasn't an accident.
The seventies went on, with Status Quo releasing albums, of which one was the wonderful "Live".
In 1982, the band member John Coghlan quit, and the record "1+9+8+2" released this year had a drummer called Pete Kircher. Andy Bown, a keyboardist who had been playing with Quo since 1977, was from now on considered an official member of the band (As well as Kircher).
In 1984 the band announced that they were going to break up. The "End of the Road Tour" was a total success.
In 1985, the band reunited for one night to play the opening of the "Live Aid" show.
When everyone thought that the story was over, the band released an album called "In The Army Now" in 1986. The line-up was now Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards (bass) and Jeff Rich (drums).
1986-2000, the line-up didn't change.
In May 2000, the drummer Jeff Rich quitted Quo. New drummer is Matthew Letley.
Status Quo is still going strong.
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Status Quo Discography

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The Status Quo* Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records Uruguay 1968 Sell This Version
Status Quo Spare Parts (Album) Pye Records Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Status Quo Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records France 1970 Sell This Version
Status Quo Dog Of Two Head (Album) Pye Records France 1971 Sell This Version
Status Quo Piledriver (Album) Vertigo US 1972 Sell This Version
Status Quo Hello! (Album) Vertigo UK 1973 Sell This Version
CN 1760/S Status Quo Stereo Pop Special-39(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1760/S UK 1973 Sell This Version
Status Quo Quo (Album) Vertigo Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Status Quo On The Level (Album) Vertigo Greece 1975 Sell This Version
Status Quo Blue For You (Album) Vertigo Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World (Album, Comp) Vertigo France 1977 Sell This Version
Status Quo Tokyo Quo (Album) Vertigo Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Status Quo Live (Album, Single) Vertigo Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Status Quo If You Can't Stand The Heat... (Album) Vertigo Greece 1978 Sell This Version
Status Quo Whatever You Want (Album) Vertigo India 1979 Sell This Version
Status Quo Just Supposin'... (Album) Vertigo Austria 1980 Sell This Version
Status Quo Never Too Late (Album) Vertigo Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Status Quo 1982 (Album) Vertigo Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Status Quo Back To Back (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo Finland 1983 Sell This Version
814 662-4 Status Quo Back To Back(Cass, Album) Vertigo 814 662-4 France 1983 Sell This Version
Status Quo Live At The N.E.C. (Album) Vertigo Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Status Quo In The Army Now (Album) Vertigo Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
Status Quo Ain't Complaining (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
Status Quo Perfect Remedy (Album) Vertigo Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
Status Quo Rock 'Til You Drop (Album) Vertigo Germany 1991 Sell This Version