Caroline (song)

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Single by Status Quo
from the album Hello!
B-side Joanne
Released 31 August 1973 (1973-08-31)
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 3:43
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Francis Rossi
Bob Young
Producer(s) Status Quo
Status Quo singles chronology
"Break the Rules"
Status Quo chronology
"She Don't Fool Me"
"Caroline (live)"
"Ol' Rag Blues"

"Caroline" is a single released by the British Rock band Status Quo in 1973. It was included on the album Hello!.[1]

It was written by Bob Young and Francis Rossi on a table napkin in the dining room of a hotel in Perranporth, Cornwall, in 1970. Initially a slower piece, and about a lady named Margaret[citation needed], it became their first top 5 hit.

In October 1982 a live version was released. Rossi re-recorded the song for his 2010 solo album One Step at a Time.

In 1986 co-writer Bob Young released a country music style version of "Caroline" on his solo album In Quo Country.

Electronic group Apollo 440 used the intro riff of "Caroline" as the main sample in their 1999 single "Stop The Rock".


  • 1973: Caroline (Rossi/Young) (3.43) / Joanne (Lancaster) (4.06) [p] 45 rpm Vinyl 7" Vertigo / 6059 085 Germany, United Kingdom
  • 1985: Caroline / Down Down 45 rpm Vinyl 7" Old Gold / OG 9566 United Kingdom


Chart (1973) Position
UK Singles Chart 5
Sweden 5
Germany 36
Belgium 9
Norway 12
Ireland 11
Chart (1982) Position
UK Singles Chart 13
Ireland 12


  1. ^ "Status Quo discography". Retrieved 2010-01-04.