On solid gold Sunday this weeks “Artist of the Week” is the legendary Status Quo. I know they have been around for a long time and they are a bit like Marmite: you either love them or hate them. I’m somewhere in the middle! However in the planning for tomorrows show I have found some very interesting facts about the band …… it seems to put into context “pop stars” Not only they have done what they have done, it has been done consistently for well over 50 years. So whilst many bands now days, with the help of social media and instant global communication, may have huge sales it would be nice to go forward into the future 50 years to see if they are still going strong, rather like Status Quo now.
Here are the facts I have researched.
STATUS QUO’S total world-wide record sales exceed 118 million units.
QUO now hold the record for more hit singles than any other band, both international and British, in UK chart history. They have recorded 64 British hit singles – more than any other band – 22 of which have hit the Top Ten.
QUO have spent in excess of seven and a half years (415 weeks) in the British Singles Chart.
QUO have made 106 appearances on BBC TV’s ‘Top of the Pops’ – more than any other group
QUO have had more hit albums (32) in the British Albums Chart (other than The Rolling Stones)
‘It’s Christmas Time’, released in 2008, was the band’s first Christmas song and their 75th single.
In 1982 QUO became the first contemporary band to play to Royalty when they performed a sellout charity show attended by HRH PRINCE CHARLES at the NEC in Birmingham.
QUO’S first single from the album ‘JAM SIDE DOWN’ entered the UK Top Twenty at Number 17, an achievement which resulted in Quo becoming the first band to record Top Twenty hits across five decades.
See you on Sunday ….. I will be playing 3 on the bounce from the Quo …… you may have a favourite. Let me know and if its from the 60’s or the 70’s and different to the three I have chosen, I may well change my track list in your favour!!!!
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