Sta­tus Quo guitarist had mul­ti­ple rock hits

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Gregory Katz

lon­don» Rick Parfitt, a hardrock­ing British guitarist and song­writer who had mul­ti­ple hits over the decades with the rock band Sta­tus Quo, has died in Spain at age 68.

His man­ager, Si­mon Porter, and Parfitt’s fam­ily said in a state­ment that Parfitt died in a hospi­tal in Mar­bella, Spain, on Satur­day from a se­vere in­fec­tion.

“We are truly dev­as­tated to have to an­nounce that Sta­tus Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime to­day,” the state­ment read, ask­ing for pri­vacy for the fam­ily and the band.

The state­ment said Parfitt had been hos­pi­tal­ized since Thurs­day due to com­pli­ca­tions from an ear­lier shoul­der in­jury stem­ming from a fall. It said he had been look­ing for­ward to start­ing a solo ca­reer af­ter he stopped tour­ing with the band be­cause of med­i­cal is­sues in­clud­ing a heart at­tack this year.

Sta­tus Quo, which formed in the 1960s, kept le­gions of de­voted fans through­out the years. His part­ner­ship with Fran­cis Rossi pro­vided sparks on stage and in the stu­dio. They were most pop­u­lar in Bri­tain but had fol­low­ers in dozens of coun­tries.

Parfitt was known for his ag­gres­sive style, of­ten played on his sig­na­ture 1965 white Fen­der Tele­caster or other sim­i­lar mod­els. He wrote some of Sta­tus Quo’s best­known songs, in­clud­ing “What­ever You Want” and “Back­wa­ter.”

The band’s web­site said Parfitt was known as “The Wo­morr,” which stands for “the wild old man of rock and roll” but added that had changed to “mild” over the years.

The band played one of the big­gest con­certs in his­tory when they opened the Live Aid show in Lon­don in 1985, rip­ping into a ver­sion of “Rockin’ All Over the World” that left the crowd deliri­ous.

Parfitt’s face aged over the years, but he re­tained his long blond hair, denim out­fits, and no­holds-barred rock-and-roll style. He slowed down a bit af­ter quadru­ple heart by­pass surgery in 1997 but stayed on the road with the band un­til this year, when a heart at­tack forced him to stop tour­ing.

Parfitt di­vided his time be­tween Spain and Lon­don. Porter said Parfitt is sur­vived by his wife, Lyn­d­say, and four chil­dren: Tommy, Lily, Rick Jr. and Harry.

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