Bob Young - songwriter, musician, tourmanager, book-author and and and

1.BOB YOUNG interview 01.04.2003    2.BOB YOUNG interview 02.01.2005    3.BOB YOUNG Interview 03.01.2006

Nearest Hits Album Young & Moody Re-Release Bob Youngs 'Quo Country' Original cover LP 1986 'Quo Country' CD - Cover 'Quo Country' german single 'Chicago Blues' dutch single 'Chicago Blues' first album 'Young & Moody' Single 'Mean Girl'
Vinyl-Single 'The Devil went down to Georgia Vinyl-Promo of the english single 'Chicago Blues'
Japanese Maxi-Single frontcover Japanese Maxi-Single backcover
Pictures Nr. 3 - 5 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 and books by kind permission Günter Röder

BOB YOUNG - born 16.05.1945 in Basingstoke/England.

1968 was the year when Bob Young met "The Status Quo" for the first time in London's Hammersmith while working as roadie for Amen Corner who were touring with The Status Quo on the Gene Pitney tour. Again Bob Young met the band this time as roadie of The Nice. He was asked by Pat Barlow and Joe Bunce if he would like to work as permanent roadie with The Status Quo and although he already had an agreement with Jethro Tull, he agrred and became new roadie of the band.
With the constant touring of the band Bob Young spent a lot of time with the band and because he had wrote lyrics and folksongs in the past and played harmonica he started to write songs with the band. The songs "The Clown" "Nothing at all" and "Antique Angelique" were co-written by Bob Young. Everybody liked him, because he was kind of "people's friend" and soon he was called "fifth member".
First time he played on a song is the Everly's cover "The Price of Love" when he played harmonica.
When Joe Fanning, Status Quo's first tourmanager, left the band in 1970, Bob was the new tour manager. He was the boss of the roadies, he was responsible for the tours, he wrote songs and he played the harmonica, in the truest sense a multi-talent....
They say, that Bob suggested the band to change their musical direction into the boogie rock.
But most successful was the songwriting partnership with Francis Rossi. They soon get in touch with each other and more than 70 songs were written by them. And the big hits like "Caroline" "Paper Plane" and "Down Down".
Bob even played live on stage for example on the songs "Roadhouse Blues" and "Railroad". At the legendary show in Milton Keynes in 1984, Bob appeared on stage during "Roadhouse Blues". This can be seen on the video "End of the Road".

Apart form all his wrking with the band, Bob found time for even more activities. He became friend with Mickey Moody and they developed a long songwriting partnership. Bob met Mickey in 1970 when Moody played as guitarist for Quo's support band SNAFU. Their first single "Chicago Blue" was released in 1976 and soon after their album "Young & Moody" was released too (see pictures above). And both wrote the book "The Language of Rock n Roll".

1978 Bob Youngs book "Alias the Compass", was published, whick included "poems, thoughts and various other combinations of words" druing his time with Status Quo.

1980 Bob yuit the job as Quo's tour manager, Iain Jones became new tour manager.

The next years Bob was involved in album recordings of several artists, for example he worked on Graham Bonnett's (ex-Rainbow) Solo-Album "Line up". Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were working on this project too. Then he was part of the Diesel-Band and he was working with Jackie Lynton and many others.

1984 Bob Youngs book "Again and Again" was published, which covers the years with Status Quo and some really interesting chapters and stories are in there.

Then there was the comic strip about Rock n Roll called "Comic Rock" nannte sich which was written by Bob and Alan Fletcher. And there is a chapter about Status Quo called "In search of the lost chords". Watch the comics on the "End of the Road" tour programme, there are some of these comis in and on the back cover of the single "Going down town tonight".

1986 eventually his solo-album "In Quo's Country" which included Status Quo songs in Bob's version.

1992 a Bob Young Special in Sweden called "The Bob Young Story" and broadcasted by Radio FM East - Norköpping/Sweden 24th of April. Bob reviewed the last 25 years with Status Quo.

His advice and his knowledge and his help was always needed when it comes to Status Quo projects about releasing the old stuff. So Bob was called in 1998 when the first 4 Status Quo albums were re-released with bonus tracks - The Singles Collection 1966 - 1972 or his help with the book "Just for the records" 1993.

1995 Bob Young's book "Quotograph" was released.

And the rise of the new millenium saw after some 20 years the continuation of the famous songwriting partnership Bob Young and Francis Rossi which was excellently proved on the album "Heavy Traffic".

Bob Young Discography:
(thanks to Günter Röder)

Bob Young:
LP In Quo Country 1986 Making Waves SPRAY 104
Single "Mean Girl" 1986 SURF 115
CD In Quo Country 1986 Making Waves SPRAY CD 104
CD (Tex Axile Rides Again) 1997 In Quo Country Repertoire Records REP 4638-WY

Young & Moody :
LP :
Young & Moody United Artists / Magnet UA-LA 759-G
CD Young & Moody 1996 Repertoire Records REP 4633-WY
CD Young & Moody The Nearest Hits Album 1995 Revival Music TROV 1
Singles :
Chicago Blue / Warm Winds
England Magnet MAG 87
Germany Magnet 98893
Netherlands Magnet NG 844

1979 :
The devil went down to Georgia /You can´t catch me Fabulous Records JC 1

All the good friends / Playing your game Bellaphon / Fabulous Records BF 18717

The Young & Moody Band

1981 :
These eyes / I won´t let go England Bronze BRO 120
Germany Bronze 103 169-100

1983 :
Don´t do that / How can I help you tonight Bronze 130

12 " Maxi aus Japan Bronze VIP - 5914
Side 1 : Young & Moody Band: Don´t do that How can I help you tonight These Eyes
Side 2 : Motörhead: Over the top Dirty Love Like a nightmare


1978 - Alias the Compass (Canaster-Verlag (UK)) -> picture

1984 - Again and Again Bob Young and John Shearlaw (Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. (UK)) ISBN: 0-283-99101-1 -> picture

1985 - The Language of Rock n Roll Bob Young and Mickey Moody (Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. (UK)) ISBN: 0-283-99239-5 -> picture

1995 - Quotographs (International Music Publishing (IMP)) ISBN: 1-85909-291-8 -> picture

1995 - The story of the Fender Stratocaster guitar Ray Minhinnett and Bob Young (International Music Publishing (IMP)) ISBN: 1-85868-060-3 -> picture