|The Specters / Traffic Jam|
|Genre (s)||Psychedelic rock , pop|
(reformed as The Status Quo )
Vocals, electric bass
Vocals, electric bass
By 1964, however, a permanent line-up was formed which included Rossi (guitar, vocals) and Lancaster (bass, vocals) as well as drummer John Coghlan and keyboardist Roy Lynes . After various small appearances under the name The Specters , the band finally managed to get a permanent engagement in "Butlins Minehead" for the summer of 1965 .
As part of this engagement, the quartet not only met Rick Parfitt , the future rhythm guitarist of Status Quo , but also got the necessary routine that gave them a record deal with the Piccadelly label of the PYE company.
In 1966 The Specters received their first record deal with Piccadilly Records , a subsidiary of Pye Records . In September 1966 the first single I (Who Have Nothing) was released. The Italian original (1961) is by Joe Sentieri , the best-known English version (1963) by Shirley Bassey , the first single from The Specters. Two more ( Hurdy Gurdy Man and We Ain't Got ) followed, but none of the releases were successful.
A new beginning was to take place in 1967 under the name Traffic . However, Steve Winwood , who had just separated from the Spencer Davis Group , had also started a new project called Traffic . Rossi & Co. therefore decided on Traffic Jam and released another single under this band name with "Almost but Not Quite There" in June 1967, which also flopped.
The following decision turned out to be the right one: Rick Parfitt , whom the band had already met in 1965, joined Traffic Jam as the second guitarist , who now changed their name to The Status Quo . The quintet's first single, Pictures of Matchstick Men , was released in early 1968 and was a great success in England, the United States and other countries. Dozens of other hits followed. Roy Lynes left Status Quo in 1970, while John Coghlan stayed with Status Quo until 1981 and Alan Lancaster until the Live Aid concert in 1985.
After Alan Lancaster left, Status Quo's “birthday”, which referred to the 1962 founding of Specters, was also re-dated to 1965.
- I (Who Have Nothing) / Neighbor Neighbor
- September 1966, Piccadilly 7N 35339
- Hurdy Gurdy Man / Laticia
- November 1966, Piccadilly 7N 35352
- (We Ain't Got) Nothin 'Yet / I Want It
- February 1967, Piccadilly 7N 35368
- Almost but Not Quite There / Wait Just a Minute
- June 1967, Piccadilly 7N 35386
The recordings of The Specters have been republished several times under the name Status Quo . The first comprehensive CD release can be found on:
- Quotations Vol. 1 - Status Quo the Early Years
- October 1987, PRT 8.26699 ZR
Previously unreleased recordings of The Specters can be found on a double CD from 1998. These are the pieces Walking with My Angel, When He Passed By and Spicks and Specks, which was later also named Status Quo in another Version was published.
- Status Quo - The Singles Collection
- June 1998, Castle Communications CCS CD 821
Live at the BBC
In 1966 and 1967 The Specters and Traffic Jam were repeatedly invited by the BBC to record live recordings for various radio programs. Some of these recordings were made available to the public on a re-release of the first Status Quo LP in 2003.
Of The Specters these were the pieces Gloria, I (Who Have Nothing) and Neighbor, Neighbor, of Traffic Jam came the contributions I Do not Want You, Almost but Not Quite There and Spicks and Specks
- April 2003, Sanctuary Records CMEDD 718