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1962 The Scorpions formed by friends at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Catford.
Francis Rossi  (b. Forest Hill 1949) - lead guitar
Jess Jaworski (19??-2016) - keyboards
Alan Charles Lancaster (Peckham 1949-2021) - bass guitar Obituary
Alan Key (drums)
First gig- Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich.

1963 The Spectres.
Alan Key replaced by John Coghlan (b. Dulwich 1946) interview
Performed weekly at Samuel Jones Sports Club.

1964 The Spectres

1965 The Spectres.
Jess Jaworski replaced by Roy Lynes (b. Redhill 1943).

1966 The Spectres signed a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records.
Sept: I Who Have Nothing - The Spectres (Pye single).

Nov: Hurdy Gurdy Man - The Spectres (Pye single)

1967 Feb: (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet - The Spectres (Pye single).
Renamed themselves Traffic, then Traffic Jam.
June: Almost But Not Quite There - Traffic Jam (Pye single).
Rick Parfitt (Woking 1948-2016) joined on guitar.
Aug: Renamed The Status Quo.

1968 Jan: Pictures of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo (Pye single) Top of Pops BBC TV.
March: Black Veils of Melancholy - The Status Quo (Pye single) TV
Aug: Ice in the Sun         - The Status Quo (Pye single) promo film
Sept: Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from The Status Quo (Pye LP)
Nov: Technicolor Dreams - The Status Quo (Pye single) Beat Club

1969 Jan: Make Me Stay a Bit Longer - The Status Quo (Pye single)
Name shortened to Staus Quo.
April: Are You Growing Tired of My Love - Status Quo (Pye single) Beat Club
Sept: Spare Parts - Status Quo (Pye LP)
Oct: The Price of Love - Status Quo (Pye single)

1970 Quo music style changed to Boogie.
March: Down the Dustpipe - Status Quo (Pye single) Granda TV
Aug: Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon - Status Quo (Pye LP)
Sept: Roy Lynes left the group.
Doing Their Thing (Granada TV), Manchester, UK   
Oct: In My Chair - Status Quo (Pye single) promo film
Oct: John Peel Show Radio One session

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt shared an apartment above the old Co-op in Lordship Lane, East Dulwich.

The Early Years 3CD (Greyscale 2021)
Psychedelia through to Boogie
The Essential Status Quo 3CD (Spectrum)
Their greatest hits from 1970 onwards.

Just for the Record - Rossi & Parfitt (Bantam 1993)
Band autobiography
XS All Areas - Rossi & Parfitt (Pan 2017)
Band autobiography
I Talk Too Much - Francis Rossi (Constable 2019)
Francis Rossi autobiography

Status Quo - Hello Quo Access All Areas (Platform 2012)
Documentary directed by Alan Parker.

Status Quo Gigs

Status Quo formed in South London

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