The Spectres

Greatly Appreciated

Status Quo  are an English rock band who play a brand of boogie rock.  The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962.  After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.  (More from Wikipedia)

At about the same time as I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) by the Electric Prunes but on the opposite coast, a Bronx, New York band called Blues Magoos had a hit single with (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet that reached #5 on the Billboard charts.  Almost immediately after the song’s original release, in February 1967, a British band called the Spectres released their own version of “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”.  By the end of that year, the band had changed its name to the Status Quo (dropping “the” in 1969 to become Status Quo).  In January 1968, they released a psychedelic single of their own, Pictures of Matchstick Men, which was a #12 hit in the US and a #7 hit in the UK.  


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