Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68.
Rick Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017. In October, he announced he would no longer be performing with Status Quo after suffering from a heart attack in the summer.
Drummer Jeff Rich, who played in Status Quo with Rick Parfitt for 16 years, paid tribute saying he was “just a really good musician, very under-rated, great rhythm player, but his health problems were a big issue for him. I’m sure he wanted to give his all on stage and eventually he just couldn’t do it any more.”
Queen guitarist Brian May tweeted: “Shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt. Hard to find words, You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy.” whilst former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure tweeted: “Dreadfully sad. Lovely man. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
Midge Ure co-organised Live Aid in 1985, which was memorably opened by Status Quo performing Rockin’ All Over The World.
With his flowing blond locks, denim gear and Fender Telecaster, Rick Parfitt was one of rock’s most recognisable guitarists. His partnership with Francis Rossi became the nucleus of Status Quo, one of Britain’s most enduring bands.
Having cashed in on the psychedelic sound in the late 1960s, Status Quo then settled on their distinctive brand of boogie-woogie rock – a signature sound that transcended the changes in musical fashion over the decades and made them one of the best-loved live acts of their generation. As well as driving the Status Quo signature sound, Rick Parfitt wrote many of the band’s biggest hits to be found in this Top 10 best Status Quo songs –
1) Rockin’ All Over The World ( No3 1977 )
2) Living on an Island ( No16 1979 )
3) Pictures of Matchstick Men ( No7 1968 )
4) Paper Plane ( No8 1972 )
6) Down Down ( No1 1975 )
7) Whatever You Want ( No4 1979 )
8) Rain ( No7 1976 )
9) Roll Over Lay Down ( No9 1975 )
10) Break the Rules ( No8 1974 )
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