Clips & Pix: Status Quo/Whatever You Want & Rockin’ All Over The World

The music of Status Quo may be relatively simple, but it surely rocks, in my opinion. Above is a nice clip of two of their biggest hits performed live back-to-back, Whatever You Want and Rockin’ All Over The World. It’s just fun to see how the band and the audience are having a great time. This is really what music should be all about!

Fellow blogger Hotfox63 reminded of the British psychedelic turned boogie rockers earlier today, when he mentioned to me their great cover version of Roadhouse Blues by The Doors. Sadly, the band’s long-time rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt, who is in the clip, passed away just a little over a year ago at age 68. He had been with Status Quo from 1965 until his death. Lead guitarist and vocalist Francis Rossi remains the only original member of the band, which originated from The Spectres he co-founded in 1962 with school friend and future Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster.

Written by John Fogerty (formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival) and first recorded for his second solo album in 1975, Rockin’ All Over The World became the title track of Status Quo’s 10th studio record, which was released in November 1977. Whatever You Want, co-written by Parfitt and Quo keyboarder Andy Bown, was the title track of the band’s 12th studio album that came out in October 1979. The two songs were also released separately as singles. I still remember repeatedly hearing both tunes on the radio in Germany in the late ’70s.

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

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