When I first saw the obit for Rick Parfitt, guitarist for Status Quo, I have to admit that I didn’t recall either his name or that of his band. But then I learned that Status Quo was behind psychedelic hit “Pictures of Matchstick Men.”
The 1968 single was their only hit in the U.S., reaching #12 on the Top 100. But they were very popular in Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and have toured extensively for 50 years. Spotify listens of several of their tracks number over 10 million.
Parfitt (October 12, 1948-December 24, 2016) joined The Spectres, an earlier version of the band in 1965. In recent years, he and Status Quo founder Francis Rossi performed as an acoustic duo, which they called Aquostic.