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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
Birthplace of Rock & Quo
Established in 1962 and made into the real thing in 1967
Location: Sedgehill Road, SE6 3QW
Description: And so it was that the legends that are now 'Status Quo' started out at this very school - Sedgehill Comprehensive School - in the 60s.
In 1962, in the Second Year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Beckenham, 'Francis Rossi' teams up with fellow orchestra member, Alan Lancaster and another friend, Alan Key. Originally called The Scorpions, the band change their name to The Spectres and play their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in Dulwich, South London.
But it was not until 1967 that rock guitarist 'Rick Parfitt' joined after quitting The Highlights following an after gig argument in Liverpool when his twin sister co-stars attacked him with their stillettos.
The Spectres complete a spectacular hat trick of flops with their third single 'We Ain't Got Nothing Yet'. They change their name to Traffic Jam, release another flop, a song entitled 'Almost But Not Quite There' (the first release written by Francis Rossi) and then settle on the name 'Status Quo'.
Rick gets a call from Francis and joins the band in time for the November release of 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'.
And so it was that the legends that are 'Status Quo' started out at this very school - Sedgehill Comprehensive School.