Francis Rossi

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Francis Rossi
Background information
Birth name Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi[1]
Born (1949-05-29) 29 May 1949 (age 66)
Forest Hill, London, England
Genres Hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1962–present
Associated acts Status Quo
Graham Bonnet
John Du Cann
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster

Francis Rossi, OBE (born 29 May 1949 Forest Hill, South London) is a British musician best known for being a co-founder of the English rock band Status Quo, in which he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar.


He has enjoyed minor success with brief projects outside the group. In 1985 when Status Quo were on hold, he recorded two singles and a (so far unreleased) album – which was provisionally titled Flying Debris – with his longtime writing partner Bernie Frost. The single releases were "Modern Romance (I Want to Fall in Love Again)" (UK No. 54[2]), and "Jealousy". In 1996 he issued a solo album, King of the Doghouse, which was not a commercial success, although it produced a UK No. 42 single, "Give Myself to Love".[2] Some years earlier, in 1976, he appeared on the soundtrack album and film All This and World War II comprising cover versions of songs by The Beatles. Although the album sleeve credits the performance of "Getting Better" to Status Quo, the track featured Rossi's vocals and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1977, he produced and played guitar on John Du Cann's solo album The World's Not Big Enough.

3 May 2010 saw the release of his long-awaited second solo album, One Step at a Time, including a re-recording of Quo's 1973 classic "Caroline".

Musical equipment[edit]

Rossi's guitar of choice is the Fender Telecaster and he has used several over the years including his main guitar which is a 1957 Fender Telecaster with a maple fretboard, which he purchased in 1968 for £70. It was originally a sunburst that was painted green in 1970. Through the years several parts have been replaced with G&L parts and a third pickup has been added in a configuration much like a Fender Stratocaster. He also owns two other green Fender Telecasters that are both brighter in colour and feature rosewood fretboards. One is used for the song "Down Down" and the other for the song "Whatever You Want". Like his main guitar they are both in a three-pickup configuration. For amplification Rossi uses Marshall JCM800 or JCM900 Lead series amplifiers with 4x12 cabinets and a Roland GP8 to boost his signal. The sound from his Marshall rig is blended with Vox AC30 amplifiers that are kept behind his Marshall setup.He also uses software like Amplitube in the studio. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Francis Rossi with Status Quo at the Colston Hall in Bristol

Rossi was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to music and charity, along with bandmate Rick Parfitt.[4][5]


For a more comprehensive list, see Status Quo discography.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 11. 31 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 471. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Official Rossi at the official Status Quo website". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Status Quo stars and Formula One champion honoured". BBC News. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 11. 31 December 2009.

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