Status Quo
(1967-present)

group and band

Aged 54

Status Quo are an English rock band that formed in 1962. The group originated as The Spectres and was founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster while they were still schoolboys. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969. They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including "Rockin' All Over the World", "Whatever You Want" and "In the Army Now". Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with "Rockin' All Over the World". In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Status Quo appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops more than any other band. They have released over 100 singles and 33 albums, many of which were best-sellers. Since reaching number 5 on the UK albums chart in 1972 with Piledriver, Status Quo have achieved a career total of 25 UK top ten albums, extending all the way up to their most recent release, Backbone, in 2019.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

kenjonbro on Flickr
Philip Halling on Geograph

Status Quo first gigged here 1967 at the Welcome Inn

The Edens, Well Hall Road, Eltham, London, United Kingdom where it first gigged

BBC Music Day 2017 #BBC Radio Oxford

Chipping Norton Recording Studios from 1971-1999. Status Quo, XTC, Gerry Rafferty, Duran Duran, Steve Winwood, Beverley Craven & Radiohead and many other acts recorded here.

Blue Horizon Studio, Chipping Norton, United Kingdom where it recorded