Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi, OBE (born 29 May 1949) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the co-founder, lead singer, lead guitarist and the sole continuous member of the rock band Status Quo.
Rossi was born on 29 May 1949 in Forest Hill, London. His father's side of the family were Italian ice cream merchants responsible for the Rossi's Ice Cream parlours, and his mother was a Northern Irish Roman Catholic from Liverpool. Rossi grew up in a household with his parents, grandmother, and "lots of aunts and uncles" and was given a Roman Catholic upbringing, having been named after Saint Francis of Assisi. He would spend his summer holidays as a child with an aunt in Waterloo Merseyside. He attended Our Lady and St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School in Sydenham, and then Sedgehill Comprehensive School, from which he was expelled on his last day. Rossi's desire to become a musician began after seeing The Everly Brothers live on television at a young age, after which he asked his parents to buy him a guitar for Christmas.
Movies & TV shows
Cannon and Ball - The Best of Cannon and Ball
Double act Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball entertain us with their own unique brand of humor. Various sketch shows and celebrity guests are featured on the programmes.
Status Quo – Down Down & Dirty at Wacken
Down Down & Dirty At Wacken is a wild & electrifying performance recorded in front of 70.000 wild Heavy Metal Fans at the world famous "Wacken Open Air 2017".
Status Quo - The Last Night of the Electrics
Live performance from legendary British rockers Status Quo recorded at London's O2 Arena in December 2016. The band perform a number of hit tracks including 'Down Down', 'Whatever You Want' and 'Rocki...
Status Quo - Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2016
Status Quo have been rockin' for six decades, notching up 65 hit singles, selling over 100m records worldwide and spending more than 400 weeks in the British singles chart. It's no wonder Francis Ross...
Status Quo: Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse
This landmark release, recorded in October 2014 in a joint effort by earMUSIC and the BBC, captures the band’s first ever live acoustic performance at the glorious Roundhouse in London. This sensation...
Status Quo became involved in a secret Russian Roulette ring when they played a series of shows in Fiji.
Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion 2013
Full coverage of Status Quo's March 2013 gig at Wembley Arena. The show saw the band's original line-up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, John Coghlan and Alan Lancaster reunite to perform a number of h...
Collecting hours of previously unseen footage and classic live material with full exclusive access to all band members this is the definitive story of a band that has done and seen it all. As well as ...
Status Quo - Pictures Live At Montreux
Status Quo's album "Pictures" (released in November 2008) celebrated 40 years of Status Quo filling the UK charts with hit after hit. The album was an instant success, charting at No.8 and selling ove...
Concert for Diana
ON July 1st 2007 a concert is being held at Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast live to over 140 countries to commemerate the life of Princess Diana on what would have been her 46th birthday 10 ye...
Status Quo – The One And Only
The One & Only Status Quo: Recorded in 2000. Doing Their Thing: See how the band evolved from their 60s beginnings in this footage from 1970. Rockpop In Concert: Filmed by German TV in 1982, thi...
Status Quo - Just Doin' It!
40 Years of Quo Classics filmed Live at Birmingham NEC, England, May 21st, 2006.
John Peel's Record Box
John Peel's Record Box was made by Elaine Shepherd and was released on Channel 4 in 2005. The Primetime Emmy Award was nominated for it. John Peel died in 2004 at the age of 65, and it is about a smal...
Status Quo - Avo Session 2005
Near perfect quality Pro-shot broadcast recording of the Status Quo, recorded Live at AVO sessions, in Basel, Switzerland on November 10th 2005.
Status Quo - Live Legends
Status Quo are veterans of the English rock scene, can count Prince Charles amongst their fans, and performed a rousing set at the legendary Live Aid concert. LIVE LEGENDS was originally released to c...
Status Quo: XS All Areas - The Greatest Hits
The DVD features 40 video performances taken from promotional videos, TV performances and concerts, and features previously unseen footage.
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organized the biggest benefit concert in history to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. The box set was released in 2004.
When Rock Ruled the World
From 1970 to the mid 80s, When Rock Ruled The World celebrates the unavoidable appeal of the loudest, fastest, heaviest music on the planet, a time when everyone wanted to own an electric guitar. The ...
Status Quo - Rock 'Til You Drop
How could Quo top their fantastic 25th year? By staging the most spectacular and lunatic stunt ever. The Rock 'Til You Drop extravaganza took place on the 21st September 1991 across 4 venues; Sheffiel...
Status Quo - Perfect Remedy Tour 1989
Live recording of Quo playing at the Birmingham NEC on December 18th 1989. Track Listings: Caroline 3:43 Roll over lay down 7:48 Little Lady 13:16 In My Chair 16:33 Little Dreamer 20:24 Perfect...
Live Aid took place in two places at the same time. The Kennedy Library is in Boston. Kennedy Stadium is in Philadelphia. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts o...
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Cilla Black hosted Surprise, Surprise for London Weekend Television. It ran for 14 series from 1984 to 1997 and produced four annual specials between 1998 and 2001. The revived version is presented by...
Status Quo - End Of The Road '84
The farewell concert at Milton Keynes Bowl.
1 TV show
An Audience with...
There is an audience with you. A British entertainment television show is produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of cele...
1 TV show
Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown ...
Francis Rossi: Live at St Lukes London
In support of his 2010 solo studio album One Step at a Time, Status Quo legend Francis Rossi performed at Stluke's London for the seventh time. "Crazy for You", "One Step at a Time", and "Sleeping on ...
Status Quo Reunion Tour 2013
Wembley is where Live at Wembley is taking place.
Status Quo: Live at the BBC
A concert is happening.
Status Quo - The Party Ain't Over Yet
We are still here. Looking for something to eat. Classics are being kicked out. You can watch 40 years of Status Quo in this double disc DVD that has more rock than a mountain. As the boys lay down th...
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