RIP: Rick Parfitt

Status Quo is a band that, to paraphrase a cliché, is huge in Europe, but never made a dent in the States. For years, I’ve waited and hoped they’d play some shows in the States, but it has never happened.

I don’t think it will now. One of the band’s founding members, guitarist Rick Parfitt, has died at 68.

Here are a couple of fine songs of theirs, the first — “Down, Down” (1975) — displaying their unique, boogie-rock style and the second – “Two Way Traffic” (2011) — an excellent song from recent years.

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