By Steve Newton
Just heard the sad news that Rick Parfitt, guitarist-vocalist for Status Quo, died today from a severe infection at a hospital in Spain.
He was 68.
I first discovered Status Quo as a teenager when I came upon their 1972 album Piledriver at a record store. I’d never heard Status Quo before, but I could tell by the album cover–which pictured three long-hair dudes bent over and rockin’ out–that it was decent.
When I got home I couldn’t stop playing the energizing boogie tune “Big Fat Mama”, which was sung by Parfitt and cowritten by him and fellow guitarist-vocalist Francis Rossi.
Status Quo had won a dedicated fan in the wilds of Chilliwack, British Columbia–far from their bustling hometown of London, British England.
The next year I bought their 1973 album Hello!, which was maybe even more consistently rockin’ than Piledriver. Several of my high-school…
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