Status Quo, formed in 1962 as The Spectres, have had more than 60 hit singles in the UK and have sold in excess of 118 million records worldwide, with 33 hit albums in the UK – surpassed only by the Rolling Stones for this achievement. Some of their best known songs include Caroline, Whatever You Want and Down Down. Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, the only two remaining original members of the group, have been appointed OBEs for their services to music and charity.

Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster met when they were in the school orchestra. They formed a band called The Scorpions, later changing the name to The Spectres. After recruiting drummer John Coghlan and Rick Parfitt the band signed a record deal and released a few singles which failed to make an impact on the charts. The band only became The Status Quo (they would later drop the prefix) in 1968, when they released the psychedelic Pictures of Matchstick Men, which reached number seven in the UK charts.

After various lineup changes, their major breakthrough came when they scored a deal with Vertigo, a heavy rock and progressive label. During the 70s, they became one of the UK’s biggest rock bands, gaining a following due to their frequent, energetic live performances and getting a number one single with Down Down in 1975. Still going strong today, the band show no signs of slowing down, especially with the new Status Quo: Quid Pro Quo tour beginning in November this year. Status Quo tickets are available to buy here.