Hitmakers: The songwriting secret's behind Status Quo's Down Down

George Garner

Francis Rossi penned Down Down to address lingering criticisms of Status Quo in the music press. Not only did it become their first UK No.1 single, in 2012 it got a second lease of life courtesy of, well, an Australian supermarket...

We’d already had quite a bit of success when Down Down came out. I remember trying to write the basic chord sequence in a hotel room on Sunset and La Brea. Bob [Young, the group’s unofficial fifth member] and ...

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