Status Quo – Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon (1970)

frontcover1Status Quo rocker Rick Parfitt OBE has died suddenly on holiday, aged 68 – after suffering a severe infection ‘he caught in hospital’.

The musician passed away at the hospital he was admitted to in Spain on Thursday, his manager confirmed in a statement this afternoon.

It’s claimed the veteran musician was taken in after suffering complications from a previous shoulder injury – but picked up a severe infection while he was there.

He died at lunchtime today, his family added in the statement.

Parfitt joins a long list of celebrated musicians to have died in 2016 – including David Bowie, Prince, Pete Burns, Keith Emerson, Glenn Frey, Greg Lake, Sir George Martin and Leonard Cohen.

Ironically in what would become his final interview, Parfitt spoke of dying to Classic Rock magazine last month, saying: “It’ll take more than death to kill me”.

As well as starring in Status Quo, he is one of the few musicians to have performed on the Band Aid hit Do They Know It’s Christmas?

His heartbroken son, Rick Parfitt Jnr, has led tributes to the legendary rocker, writing on Twitter moments after the news broke: “I am too numb.

“I cannot describe the sadness I feel right now. To many he was a rockstar, to me he was simply ‘Dad’, and I loved him hugely. RIP Pappa.”

Queen guitarist Brian May tweeted – in reference to the band’s song Rockin’ All Over The World – he was “shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt. Hard to find words. You joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy. (by mirror.co.uk)

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As a tribute here a great album by the early Quo:

Woe betide the psychedelic groover who picked up the third album by Status Quo, dreaming of further picturesque matchstick messages! A mere three hits in a long three years had completely exhausted the bandmembers’ patience with the whimsy of yore, and their ears had long since turned in other directions. It was the age, after all, of Canned Heat’s relentless boogie and Black Sabbath’s blistered blues, and when the Quo’s first new single of 1970, the lazy throb of “Down the Dustpipe,” proved that the record-buying public wasn’t averse to a bit more down-home rocking, their future course was set. Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon allies one of the most evocative titles in rock album history to one of the most familiar sights in a rock band’s iconography, the cheap roadside café — crusty ketchup, leafy tea, an overflowing ashtray, and Ma Kelly herself, cigarette clenched between unsmiling lips and a face that has seen it all and didn’t like any of it. Neither do the album’s contents disturb her glowering visage. From the opening trundle of “Spinning Wheel Blues” and onto the closing, lurching medley of “Is It Really Me”/”Gotta Go Home,” the most underrated disc in Status Quo’s entire early catalog eschewed the slightest nod in the direction of the band’s past — even “Dustpipe” didn’t make the cut. (It has since been quo1970_2incorporated among the four bonus tracks appending the album’s 1998 remastering as have “In My Chair”, “Gerdundula” and an alternate version of “Junior’s Wailing”) But six years on, when recording their live album, the Quo were still dipping back to “Junior’s Wailing,” the midpoint in the greasy spoon experience, and an expressively rocking archetype for all they would later accomplish. The dark shuffle of “Lazy Poker Blues,” too, unleashed specters that the band would be referencing in future days, including the boogie piano that made 1974’s “Break the Rules” seem such a blast from the past. Compared to the albums that would follow, Ma Kelly is revealed as little more than a tentative blueprint for the Quo’s new direction. At the time, however, it was a spellbinding shock, perhaps the last one that the Quo ever delivered. You should remember that when you play it.(by Dave Thompson)

Personal note: Quo´s song “Is It Really Me” was one of the first song I played in my  first band, called “Dying Sun” …. many decades ago …  *smile*

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Personnel:
John Coghlan (drums)
Alan Lancaster (bass, guitar, vocals)
Francis Rossi (guitar, vocals)
Rick Parfitt (guitar, vocals)
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Roy Lynes (organ)
Bob Young (harmonica)

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Tracklist:
01. Spinning Wheel Blues (Young/Rossi) 3.21
02. Daughter (Lancaster) 3.01
03. Everything (Rossi/Parfitt) 2.39
04. Shy Fly (Young/Rossi) 3.50
05. (April) Spring, Summer And Wednesdays (Young/Rossi) 4.13
06. Junior’s Wailing (White/Pugh) 3.35
07. Lakky Lady (Rossi/Parfitt) 3.16
08. Need Your Love (Young/Rossi) 4.47
09.Lazy Poker Blues (Adams/Green) 3.35
10. Is It Really Me/Gotta Go Home (Lancaster) 9.32

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Richard John Parfitt
(12 October 1948 – 24 December 2016)
Thanks for the music !

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