Rocking anthem wins Status Quo vote
CELIA WIGG They have rocked all over the world - and the signature song by evergreen group Status Quo has been voted the favourite song of local fans through an EDP poll.
They have rocked all over the world - and the signature song by evergreen group Status Quo has been voted the favourite song of local fans through an EDP poll.
Front men Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt will be strutting their stuff with the band in front of a 6,000-strong crowd at Holkham Hall tonight.
But their hits will be echoing around the county long after the last chord has sounded at the stately home.
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For BBC Radio Norfolk is broadcasting a special Quo in the Car show from 10pm, so the band's chart- topping songs can be enjoyed again by fans heading home, or those unable to get to the concert.
Presenter Martin Barber will be playing the top 10 voted for by EDP readers, who named their favourite single as Rocking all over the World, ahead of Caroline and Down Down.
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There will also be rare clips from Quo interviews with the BBC over the years, and an invitation for show-goers to call in and give their spin on the concert.
Radio Norfolk editor David Clayton has long been a Quo fan, particularly in the early days of their career when the band belted out numbers at Yarmouth's Tower Ballroom, Cromer Links pavilion and the South Pier at Lowestoft. And he will be among the crowds at Holkham, although there is no guarantee his favourite track will be included.
“My favourite Quo song is Don't Waste my Time. It wasn't in the top 10, but I have always loved it. I saw them when they first went heavy in 1970 and they used to do loads of Norfolk venues,” he recalled.
The Quo gig at Holkham - one of Norfolk's most famous country houses - follows last night's live appearance by chart-topping group Girls Aloud, where more than 7,000 people watched a gig which also featured singer-songwriter Jamelia and TVs X-Factor winner, Shayne Ward.
Lord Coke, of Holkham Hall said: “I am very pleased with the ticket sales for the Holkham Hall concerts. These have exceeded last year's sales and, in the last week or so, they have really accelerated as people have realised we are in for some good weather.”
The north, south and west gates of the estate will all be open for concert-goers' cars.
Quo in the Car will go out from 10pm till late. Fans can tune in on 95.1, 95.6 or 104.4 FM with the concert still ringing in their ears. Martin Barber will be taking calls on 01603 617321 and texts on 07786 200951.
Norfolk's Status Quo top 10, as voted for by EDP readers. Six songs tied for 8th place, making a grand total of 13.
1 Rocking all over the World.
3 Down Down
4 Whatever you Want
5 In the Army Now
6 The Wanderer
7 Something 'bout you Baby I Like
8= Paper Plane
8= Pictures of Matchstick Men
8= Roll Over, Lay Down
8= The Party ain't Over Yet
8= What you're Proposin'
8= Burning Bridges