“I’ve got to apologise to the fans really because it’s my fault. You know you live the rock and roll lifestyle and at some stage you’ve got to pay for it. And I’m now paying for it” – Rick Parfitt
Parfitt was born in Woking, Surrey in 1948. son of an insurance salesman, “who was a drinker and a gambler”. He learnt the guitar at 11 and ended up as a performer in a Cabaret trio called the Highlights. It was at Butlin’s where he met Francis Rossi and would eventually join his band then called Traffic Jam. In 1967 the name was changed to The Status Quo and then Status Quo. Parfitt and Rossi were the only members of the group that stayed for the entire duration.
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