20 September 2010
Legendary rock group Status Quo was honoured earlier today by a PRS for Music Heritage Award. A special plaque was erected in Eltham, South London where the group, then known as ‘The Status Quo’, first performed in 1967 at the Welcome Inn. The site now forms part of Weston Homes’ The Edens residential development.
PRS for Music set up its Heritage Award scheme last year to recognise the unusual ‘performance birthplaces’ of famous bands and artists. Status Quo is the seventh band to be given the honour of receiving the permanent plaque.
Both Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were there to see the plaque unveiled.
Francis Ross said: “We’re honoured and delighted that our musical career has been chosen to be marked in this way. Some forty three years, 118 million records and 64 hit singles later we look back to that night here at what was the Welcome Inn with fondness and thanks”.
Rick Parfitt added: “It’s a real privilege to return under such positive circumstances to the place where Status Quo did their first gig”.
PRS Chairman, Ellis Rich said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure for us to commemorate the site of the first Status Quo gig with a PRS for Music Heritage Award. Status Quo has been “Rocking All Over The World” making an incredible contribution to the music scene in a career spanning an amazing four decades and they are still going strong. This much-loved and admired band have recorded over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock group in history, and remain Britain’s hardest-working band – for which they have been awarded a PRS for Music citation for the past two years running – a superb achievement”.
Status Quo have sold over 118 million records world-wide and have recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which have hit the Top Ten. They have also had more hit albums (32) in the UK charts than any other band apart from The Rolling Stones.
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are the only original members in the current line up. Keyboard player Andrew Bown joined in 1976, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards (bass) joined in 1986 and Matt Letley (drums) arrived in May 2000.
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