This article is from the Status Quo FAQ, by Mike Dimmick firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Both Rick and Francis are prolific song-writers, having
written hundreds of songs for various Quo albums. In
particular, one person with whom a lot of their songs were
written was Bob Young, their tour manager for a number of
years. He also played harmonica / blues harp for Quo over the
same period. He left in the early eighties, but is rumoured
to be working on the new album.
Of course, that doesn't mean no-one else writes songs: before
he left in 1984/5, Alan Lancaster also wrote a large number of
songs, including 'Ol' Rag Blues,' a hit in September 1983. He
often co-wrote songs with Rick and Francis. A lot of the
fans' favourites, such as 'Backwater,' were written by Rick
Finally, occasionally all the members of the band write songs
together, such as 'Break the Rules' and 'Roll Over Lay Down,'
which were both written by Francis, Rick, Alan, John Coghlan
and Bob Young.
However, Quo are also well known for their covers. Possibly
the song that is most associated with them is 'Rocking All
Over The World,' which was written by John Fogerty.