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GODFATHERS OF POP

© James Eckersley

Born in London to a family that ran the Rossi’s Ice Cream parlour chain, Francis Rossi swapped gelato for rock’n’roll as founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo. Established in 1967, the band has clocked up more UK chart hits than any other rock band, including the No.1 Down Down and such favourites as Rockin’ All Over The World, Whatever You Want, What You’re Proposing and Caroline.

Since the death of rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt in 2016, Rossi has kept the Quo on the road but this spring has taken time out to record a country-flavoured duet album with Hannah Rickard called We Talk Too Much. He’s also penned an autobiography called I Talk Too Much and is about to embark on a theatre tour regaling us about his half century in the music business.

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!