Rockin' All Over the World

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For the Status Quo album, see Rockin' All Over the World (album).
"Rockin' All Over the World"
Single by John Fogerty
from the album John Fogerty
B-side "The Wall"
Released 1975
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Roots rock, rock and roll
Length 2:56
Label Asylum, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) John Fogerty
John Fogerty singles chronology
"Comin' Down the Road"
(1973)
"Rockin' All Over the World"
(1975)
"Almost Saturday Night"
(1975)
"Rockin' All Over the World"
Single by Status Quo
from the album Rockin' All Over the World
B-side Ring of a Change[1]
Released September 1977
Format 7"
Genre Boogie rock
Length 3:30
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) Pip Williams
Status Quo singles chronology
"Wild Side of Life"
(1976)
"Rockin' All Over the World"
(1977)
"Rockers Rollin' / Hold You Back"
(1977)

"Rockin' All Over the World" is a rock song written by John Fogerty, formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It made its debut on Fogerty's second solo album (see John Fogerty) in 1975. It was also released as a single, reaching #27.[citation needed] Rolling Stone Magazine critic Dave Marsh considered the song a good choice for the album's lead single, although he claimed that it was "little more than the formulaic CCR sound with the title repeated over and over, like a chant."[2] Status Quo recorded their own, heavier arrangement of Fogerty's song for their 1977 album Rockin' All Over the World.

During the recording of Status Quo's music video to the song, bassist Alan Lancaster was living in Australia. He had refused to return to the UK for the recording, so he was replaced by a dummy with a bass guitar in the video.

At Live Aid, Status Quo began their set (and thus the event itself, being the opening band) with "Rockin' All Over the World" which first became an unofficial anthem for the event when the BBC used it to advertise their TV coverage. Coldplay performed a portion of the song at Live 8, with lead singer Chris Martin singing the chorus during the song "In My Place", after much was made of Status Quo's absence from the concert in the British media.

Other versions[edit]

Other versions of this song have been recorded for example by The Georgia Satellites and Bon Jovi, but also by artists outside the English-speaking world such as Dutch Bertus Staigerpaip, German Wolfgang Petry and Spanish Platero y Tú (outro of "Si tú te vas" song). Carl Wilson recorded it on his 1983 album "Youngblood", and The Beach Boys themselves added the song to their live act in the mid-Eighties. Bruce Springsteen has played the song a number of times during his famous live shows, and it was the final song played on his 2009 Working on a Dream Tour. During Hard Rock Calling 2012, Springsteen appeared on stage with Fogerty to perform the song with him.

The song has found a usage in the sports world as well. In 1988, to support Sport Aid, Status Quo re-recorded the song as "Running All Over The World" with slightly amended lyrics. It reached #17 in the British Singles Chart. Another re-recorded version appeared on their album Riffs in 2003.

The song is now a Southend United anthem after they began singing "Shrimping All Over the World" after the 2004 Football League Trophy final. Supporters of the Northern Ireland national football team often sing the song, particularly on away trips, changing the lyrics to "Drinkin' All Over the World". The song is also the goal music of the German football club Bayer Leverkusen. It is also played at Leyton Orient, Millwall F.C. and Blackpool FC after every home win; and is often played after major rugby league finals.

During an episode of the 2013 BBC2 series The Story of Music, when the presenter Howard Goodall was discussing the style galant popularised by composers such as Mozart, the song was performed by a string quartet and classical singer. The performance was used to illustrate that using a restricted palette of chords was just as much a feature of late-18th-century music as it is a feature of modern era artists such as Status Quo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Status Quo – Rockin' All Over The World". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  2. ^ Marsh, D. (September 18, 1975). "John Fogerty". The Morning Record. p. 36. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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