Status Quo - Did You Know?

Status Quo - Did You Know?February 19, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English rock band, Status Quo.




Status Quo are an English rock band that was formed in 1962 by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster. After a number of lineup changes, which also included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the group became to be known as The Status Quo in 1967 and then simply Status Quo in 1969.

Status Quo have had more than 60 chart hits in the UK, which is more than any other rock band. This includes the hits "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in 1968, "Whatever You Want" in 1979 and "In the Army Now" in 1986 and 2010. 22 of the band's hits reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

One of the band's most famous songs, "In the Army Now," was initially written and recorded by the Dutch brothers Rob and Ferdi Bolland in 1981. In 1986, Status Quo covered the song as the title track of their album.

The song became one of the band's biggest ever selling hits, peaking at No.2 on the UK chart and topping several charts in Europe. The song returned to the UK singles chart in 2010 again, this time in an updated form, featuring backing from the corps of army choir.

In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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