|Birth name||Richard John Parfitt|
12 October 1948 |
Woking, Surrey, England
|Genres||Hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock, boogie woogie, psychedelic rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboard|
|Associated acts||Status Quo
Gibson SG Junior
Gibson Les Paul Junior
Born in Woking, Surrey, Parfitt attended Goldsworth School, Woking and first met band member Francis Rossi in 1965 in Butlin's Minehead whilst he was playing as Ricky Harrison in a musical trio called 'The Highlights'. Rossi was playing with the Spectres (forerunner of Status Quo) at the time and Parfitt was sufficiently impressed to approach him with a view to working together. Nothing came of the meeting until 1967 when Parfitt joined Rossi, Alan Lancaster, John Coghlan and Roy Lynes to form the first lineup of the band under the name "Status Quo".
Parfitt has been a continuous member of the group, and has penned some of their greatest hits, sometimes in collaboration with the group's keyboard player Andy Bown, among them "Whatever You Want", "Again and Again", and "Rain". He recorded a solo album in 1985, but it was never released. Among musicians on the record were bassist John Edwards and drummer Jeff Rich, formerly with the Climax Blues Band and Judie Tzuke. He has earned the nickname 'The WOMORR' (The Wild Old Man of Rock 'n' Roll). Parfitt is known for his trademark white Fender Telecaster – a 1965 model.
In 2006, Parfitt released his invention, the "guitar facelift" which has the backing of guitar manufacturer Fender.
On 16 June 2007, the presenters of the British children's television show, Tiswas, reunited for a special one-off show. Parfitt performed with the rest of Status Quo on the show (all of whom were constantly plagued by the show's trademark practical jokes during their performance), and presenter Chris Tarrant alleged that during a broadcast of the show in the early 1980s, Parfitt was smoking cannabis on live children's television.
On 15 September 2007, Parfitt and Rossi appeared on Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, earning £50,000 for charity.
In December 2009, Parfitt teamed up with Rolf Harris for the single "Christmas in the Sun". This follows on from the 2008 Status Quo hit "It's Christmas Time", which Parfitt wrote with current songwriting partner Wayne Morris.
Repetitive Strain Injury
In 2001, Rick Parfitt was struck down with a severe case of repetitive strain injury leading to the cancellation of a number of sold out concerts. Media sources commented on how this was likely a result of Parfitt's 'strident belief in rock'n'roll's classic three-chord sequence, two if he can get away with it.' Rick has subsequently made a full recovery and is again able to reach his full range of three cords per song.
One of Parfitt's guitars is a white 1965 Fender Telecaster. In addition he also plays a Gibson SG junior, a 1981 Zemaitis tuned to a B, a Schecter telecaster, a Fender Esquire, a custom made Fender Telecaster Thinline, a Gibson Melody Maker and a Chet Atkins acoustic guitar. For amplification, Parfitt uses Marshall JCM800 or JCM900 amplifiers with 4x12 cabinets combined with VOX AC30 amplifiers and a Roland GP8 signal processor.
Parfitt had a relationship with his childhood sweetheart Patty after meeting her in 1968. After the pair split up, Parfitt married Marietta Boeker, and they had a son, Richard (born 1974), and a daughter, Heidi Marie Elizabeth Parfitt, who drowned in the family pool at the age of 2. Parfitt and Marietta divorced, and he married Patty – they had a son, Harry (born 1989). They also divorced, before Parfitt reunited with Patty in 2000. The couple lived in a £1 million mansion in Teddington, but after paying out more than £3 million in divorce settlements, Parfitt vowed in 2005 that he would never marry again. However, in August 2006, after meeting 46 year old fitness instructor Lyndsay Whitburn, they married in a £40 ceremony in Gibraltar. On 26 May 2008, Lyndsay gave birth to twins - a boy named Tommy Oswald Parfitt, and a girl named Lily Rose Parfitt. The family live in Spain.
Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass in 1997. In December 2005 he underwent tests for suspected throat cancer, but just before Christmas that year, the tests found the growths to be benign.
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