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On May 10, 2020.

On May 10, 2020, John Michael McKenzie died aged 64. He was musician (bass, guitar, backing vocals), member of the bands Global Village Trucking Company and Man. He recorded and performed with Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Alison Moyet, Lionel Richie, Dr. John, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Annette Peacock, Steve Hillage, Noel McCalla, Bob Young, Shusha Guppy, Wham!, Deke Leonard, Morrissey-Mullen, Claire Hamill, Space Monkey, Jim Diamond, Bob Dylan, Al Corley, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Microdisney, Five Star, Endgames, John Mizarolli, Gary Moore, Ian Paice, Jaki Graham, Don Airey, Richard Bailey, Peter Auty, Billy Bremner, Terry Stannard, Simon Kirke, Earl Slick, Graham Lyle, Chris Thompson, Patti Austin, Latin Quarter, Phil Manzanera, Matt Bianco, Pete Brown, Helen Watson, Kevin Rowland, Shakira, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Eric Burdon, Kajagoogoo, Johnny Mathis, Everything But The Girl, Todd Sharpville, Branford Marsalis, Rui Veloso, Tim Finn, Ive Mendes, Tom Scott, David Dundas, Danny Tenaglia, The Christians, Phenix Horns, Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor, Jimmy Iovine, Dave Stewart, Wild, Leon Ware, Eternal, James Ingram, Francis Rossi, Karl Jenkins, Albert Lee, Barbara Dickson, Davy Spillane, Charles Aznavour, Raw Stylus, Linda Taylor, Blair Cunningham, Andy Newmark, Teresa Teng, Annabel Lamb, Nadirah X, Bob Clearmountain, Mitchell Froom, Arthur Louis, and Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.

On december 23, 2003.

On December 23, 2003, “Universal” label released “Riffs”, the twenty-sixth Status Quo studio album. It was recorded in 2002, at “Ridge Farm Studios” in Rusper, UK, “State of The Ark Studios” in Richmond, UK, and was produced by Mike Paxman.


  • Francis Rossi – vocals, lead guitar
  • Rick Parfitt – vocals, guitar
  • John Edwards – bass, vocals
  • Andy Bown – keyboards
  • Matt Letley – drums

Track listing:

  1. Caroline – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  2. I Fought The Law – Sonny Curtis
  3. Born To Be Wild – Mars Bonfire
  4. Takin’ Care of Business – Randy Bachman
  5. Wild One – Johnny O’Keefe, David Owens, Johnny Greenan
  6. On The Road Again – Floyd Jones, Alan Wilson
  7. Tobacco Road – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Centerfold – Seth Justman
  9. All Day And All Of The Night – Ray Davies
  10. Don’t Bring Me Down – Jeff Lynne
  11. Junior’s Wailing – Kieran White, Martin Pugh
  12. Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  13. Down the Dustpipe – Carl Grossman
  14. Whatever You Want – Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown
  15. Rockin’ All Over The World – John Fogerty

On September 5, 1989.

On September 5, 1989, “Virgin” label released “Key Lime Pie”, the ninth and final  Camper Van Beethoven studio album. It was recorded February – July 1989, and was produced by Dennis Herring.


  • David Lowery– vocals,, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
  • Victor Krummenacher– vocals, bass
  • Greg Lisher– vocals, guitar
  • Chris Pedersen– vocals, percussion, drums
  • Tim Cook – pedal steel
  • Morgan Fichter – vocals, violin
  • Garth Hudson- organ, talking
  • Hammer Smith – harmonica
  • Don Lax – fiddle, strings
  • Danny Faragher – background vocals
  • Davey Faragher- background vocals
  • Wally Sound – background vocals
  • Mary O’Neil – background vocals
  • Dennis Herring– engineer
  • Charles Paakkari – engineer, second engineer
  • Csaba Petocz – engineer, mixing
  • Peter Doell – second engineer
  • Shawna Stobie – mixing
  • Mark Herman – mixing
  • Vince Zermeno – mixing
  • Howie Weinberg– mastering
  • Bruce Licher – design
  • Greg Allen – photography
  • Andre Lansel – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher, David Lowery and Chris Pedersen, except where noted.

  1. Opening Theme
  2. Jack Ruby
  3. Sweethearts
  4. When I Win the Lottery
  5. (I Was Born in a) Laundromat
  6. Borderline
  7. The Light from a Cake
  8. June
  9. All Her Favorite Fruit
  10. Interlude – Brandon Flowers, David Lowery, Eric Curkendall, Chris Hart
  11. The Humid Press of Days
  12. Pictures of Matchstick Men – Francis Rossi
  13. Come on Darkness


On April 5, 2000.

On April 5, 2000, “Mercury” label released “Famous in the Last Century”, the twenty-fourth Status Quo studio album. It was recorded in 1999 – 2000, at “Astria Studios” and “ARSIS Studios”, and was produced by Mike Paxman.


  • Francis Rossi– vocals, lead guitar
  • Rick Parfitt– vocals, guitar
  • John Edwards- bass
  • Andy Bown- keyboards
  • Jeff Rich- drums

Track listing:

  1. Famous in the Last Century – Andy Bown
  2. Old Time Rock and Roll – George Jackson, Thomas E. Jones III
  3. Way Down – Martine
  4. Rave On! – Petty, William “Billy” Tilghman, Sunny West
  5. Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
  6. When I’m Dead and Gone – Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle
  7. Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry
  8. Sweet Home Chicago – Johnson
  9. Crawling from the Wreckage – Parker
  10. Good Golly Miss Molly – Blackwell, Marascalco
  11. Claudette – Roy Orbison
  12. Rock’n Me – Miller
  13. Hound Dog – Leiber, Stoller
  14. Runaround Sue – DiMucci, Maresca
  15. Once Bitten Twice Shy – Ian Hunter
  16. Mony Mony – Bloom, Bo Gentry, James, Ritchie Cordell
  17. Famous in the Last Century – AndyBown

In November 1977.

In November 1977, “Vertigo” label released “Rockin’ All Over the World”, the tenth Status Quo studio album. It was recorded in 1977, at “Studio Bohus” in Sweden, and was produced by Pip Williams.


  • Francis Rossi– guitar, vocals
  • Rick Parfitt– guitar, vocals
  • Alan Lancaster– bass, vocals
  • John Coghlan– drums
  • Andy Bown– keyboards, backing vocals
  • Frank Ricotti- percussion

Track listing:

  1. Hard Time – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  2. Can’t Give You More – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  3. Let’s Ride – Alan Lancaster
  4. Baby Boy – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  5. You Don’t Own Me – Alan Lancaster, Mick Green
  6. Rockers Rollin’ – Rick Parfitt, Jackie Lynton
  7. Rockin’ All Over the World – John Fogerty
  8. Who Am I – Pip Williams, Peter Hutchins
  9. Too Far Gone – Alan Lancaster
  10. For You – Rick Parfitt
  11. Dirty Water – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  12. Hold You Back – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Bob Young

In September 1969.

In September 1969, “Pye” label released “Spare Parts”, the second Status Quo album. It was recorded January – September 1969, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by John Schroeder.


  • Francis Rossi- guitar, vocals
  • Rick Parfitt- guitar, vocals
  • Alan Lancaster- bass, vocals
  • John Coghlan- drums
  • Roy Lynes- organ, vocals

Track listing:

  1. Face Without a Soul – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  2. You’re Just What I Was Looking for Today – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  3. Are You Growing Tired of My Love – Anthony King
  4. Antique Angelique – Alan Lancaster, Bob Young
  5. So Ends Another Life – Alan Lancaster
  6. Poor Old Man – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  7. Mind Detector – A. King
  8. The Clown – Alan Lancaster, Bob Young, Paul Nixon
  9. Velvet Curtains – King
  10. Little Miss Nothing – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  11. When I Awake – Alan Lancaster, Bob Young
  12. Nothing at All – Alan Lancaster, Roy Lynes, Bob Young


In August 1970.

In August 1970, “Pye” label released “Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon”, the third Status Quo studio album. It was recorded in 1970, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by John Schroeder.


  • Francis Rossi- guitar, vocals
  • Rick Parfitt- guitar, vocals
  • Alan Lancaster- bass, guitar, vocals
  • John Coghlan- drums
  • Roy Lynes- organ

Track listing:

  1. Spinning Wheel Blues – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  2. Daughter – Alan Lancaster
  3. Everything – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  4. Shy Fly – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  5. (April) Spring, Summer and Wednesdays – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  6. Junior’s Wailing – Kieran White, Martin Pugh
  7. Lakky Lady – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  8. Need Your Love – Francis Rossi, Bob Young
  9. Lazy Poker Blues – Peter Green, Clifford Adams
  10. Is it Really Me/Gotta Go Home – Alan Lancaster


In March 1976.

In March 1976, “Vertigo” label released “Blue for You” the ninth Status Quo studio album. It was recorded December 1975-January 1976, at “phonogram Studios” in London, and was produced by Damon Lyon-Shaw, John Coghlan, Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi.


  • John Coghlan- drums
  • Alan Lancaster- bass, guitar, vocals
  • Rick Parfitt- guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Francis Rossi- guitar, vocals

Track listing:

  1. Is There a Better Way – Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster
  2. Mad About the Boy – Francis Rossi, Young
  3. Ring of a Change – Francis Rossi, Young
  4. Blue for You – Alan Lancaster
  5. Rain – Rick Parfitt
  6. Rolling Home – Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster
  7. That’s a Fact – Francis Rossi, Young
  8. Ease Your Mind – Alan Lancaster
  9. Mystery Song – Rick Parfitt, Young


On September 27, 1968.


On September 27, 1968, “Pye” label released “Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo”the debut Status Quo studio album. It was recorded January – September 1968, at “Pye Studios” in London, and was produced by John Schroeder.


  • Francis Rossi- vocals, lead guitar
  • Rick Parfitt- vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Alan Lancaster- bass guitar
  • John Coghlan– drums
  • Roy Lynes- vocals, organ

Track listing:

  1. Black Veils of Melancholy – Francis Rossi
  2. When My Mind Is Not Live – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt
  3. Ice in the Sun – Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott
  4. Elizabeth Dreams – Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott
  5. Gentleman Joe’s Sidewalk Café – Kenny Young
  6. Paradise Flat – Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott
  7. Technicolour Dreams – Anthony King
  8. Spicks and Specks – Barry Gibb
  9. Sunny Cellophane Skies – Alan Lancaster
  10. Pictures of Matchstick Men – Francis Rossi
  11. Sheila – Tommy Roe
  12. Green Tambourine – Paul Leka, Shelley Pinz

On February 21, 1975.


On February 21, 1975, “Vertigo” label released “On the Level”, the eighth Status Quo studio album. “On the Level” was recorded in 1974, at the “IBC Studios” and “Phonogram Studios” in London, and was produced by Status Quo.


  • Francis Rossi – guitar, vocals
  • Rick Parfitt- guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Alan Lancaster- bass, guitar, vocals
  • John Coghlan- drums

Track listing:

  • Little Lady – Rick Parfitt
  • Most of the Time – Francis Rossi and Bob Young
  • I Saw the Light – Francis Rossi and Bob Young
  • Over and Done – Alan Lancaster
  • Nightride – Rick Parfitt and Bob Young
  • Down Down – Francis Rossi and Bob Young
  • Broken Man – Alan Lancaster
  • What to Do – Francis Rossi and Bob Young
  • Where I Am – Rick Parfitt
  • Bye Bye Johnny – Chuck Berry