Roy Lynes

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Roy Lynes
Birth name Roy Alan Lynes
Born (1943-10-25) 25 October 1943 (age 73)
Redhill, Surrey, United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards
Associated acts The Spectres, Traffic Jam, Status Quo, Statoz Quo

Roy Alan Lynes (born 25 October 1943, Redhill, Surrey)[1] was the keyboardist[2] and occasional singer with Status Quo (originally The Spectres then Traffic Jam). He joined the band in 1964/1965, two years after its foundation.[3][4]

He appeared on Status Quo's first three albums, Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo, Spare Parts and Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon, and wrote "To Be Free",[5] the B-side of the second Quo single, "Black Veils of Melancholy".[6][7] The track Umleitung was a co-composition with Alan Lancaster, but wasn't released until the first album subsequent to Lynes' departure, Dog Of Two Head in 1971. He left the band in 1970,[8][9] and was eventually replaced by Andy Bown in 1982.[10]

According to the group's producer John Schroeder, who wrote the booklet notes for the 3-CD compilation The Early Years, Lynes was 'the quietest member of the group' and 'somehow always seemed to be the odd one out'. He left the group in 1970 when he fell in love whilst on tour, claiming that he could see how serious the other band members (Francis Rossi, Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan) were about fame and glory, and that he just wanted to settle down to a life with his newfound love.[11][12][13][14]

In the group's autobiography Just For The Record (1993), Rick Parfitt said Lynes was 'a bit laid back, the Open University type who liked tinkering and finding out about things,' and Francis Rossi remarked that he showed up at a gig they were playing in New Zealand about ten years later to say hello; 'He seemed a much happier bloke.'[citation needed]

He is still active in Australia and has continued to perform in his own right. On the Status Quo 2000 tour of Australia, Lynes played keyboards with Quo on stage in Brisbane. Lynes has also featured occasionally on keyboards and vocals with Australian Quo tribute band, Statoz Quo.[15][16]


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  2. ^ "[FAQ] Status Quo (Rock Band) Information [v2.1]". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Status Quo history - Part 1". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  4. ^ "QUOTICKER - Year review 1965". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  5. ^ "To Be Free - Status Quo : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Quo Records - Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo Re-issue". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  7. ^ "QUOTICKER - Year review 1968". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Status Quo History - Part 2". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  9. ^ Maria Holmin (4 May 1984). "Göteborgs-Tidningen". Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Status Quo: 'Rockin' All Over The World'". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Reference for Roy Lynes". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  12. ^ "History of Status Quo - The one, the only STATUS QUO". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  13. ^ Bert van de Kamp (1977). "Interview with Rick Parfitt". Muziekkrant OOR. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  14. ^ "Music Journalist". Dave Ling. 1984-07-21. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  15. ^ "List of bands". Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  16. ^ Archived from the original on September 13, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)