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

Albums

12.790 The Status Quo* Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records 12.790 Uruguay 1968 Sell This Version
LDVS 17174 Status Quo Spare Parts (Album) Pye Records LDVS 17174 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
12.908 Status Quo Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records 12.908 Argentina 1970 Sell This Version
SLDPY 818, SLDPY. 818, SMSPY. 2741 30 Status Quo Dog Of Two Head (Album) Pye Records SLDPY 818, SLDPY. 818, SMSPY. 2741 30 France 1971 Sell This Version
SP-4381 Status Quo Piledriver (Album) Vertigo SP-4381 US 1972 Sell This Version
SP-3615 Status Quo Hello! (Album) Vertigo SP-3615 Canada 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
9102 001 Status Quo Quo (Album) Vertigo 9102 001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
6360 117 Status Quo On The Level (Album) Vertigo 6360 117 Greece 1975 Sell This Version
6360128 Status Quo Blue For You (Album) Vertigo 6360128 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
7231 012 Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World (Album, Comp) Vertigo 7231 012 France 1977 Sell This Version
RJ-7202 Status Quo Tokyo Quo (Album) Vertigo RJ-7202 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
6641 590 Status Quo Live (Album) Vertigo 6641 590 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
6360 164 Status Quo If You Can't Stand The Heat (Album) Vertigo 6360 164 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
6360 175 Status Quo Whatever You Want (Album) Vertigo 6360 175 India 1979 Sell This Version
6302 057 Status Quo Just Supposin'... (Album) Vertigo 6302 057 Austria 1980 Sell This Version
6302 104 Status Quo Never Too Late (Album) Vertigo 6302 104 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
6302 189 Status Quo 1982 (Album) Vertigo 6302 189 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
814 662-1 Status Quo Back To Back (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 814 662-1 Finland 1983 Sell This Version
818 947-1 Status Quo Live At The N.E.C. (Album) Vertigo 818 947-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
830 049-1 Status Quo In The Army Now (Album) Vertigo 830 049-1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
520349, 834 604-4, VERHC 58 Status Quo Ain't Complaining (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 520349, 834 604-4, VERHC 58 Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
221295 Status Quo Perfect Remedy (Album) Vertigo 221295 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
510341-2 Status Quo Rock 'Til You Drop (Album) Vertigo 510341-2 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
REP 4205-WP John Du Cann & Status Quo John Du Cann & Status Quo - Nothing Better(CD, Album) Repertoire Records REP 4205-WP Germany 1992 Sell This Version