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"Caroline" is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1973. It was included on the band's 1973 album Hello![2]

Single by Status Quo
from the album Hello!
Released31 August 1973 (1973-08-31)
Songwriter(s)Francis Rossi, Bob Young
Producer(s)Status Quo
Status Quo singles chronology
"Break the Rules"
Status Quo singles chronology
"She Don't Fool Me"
"Caroline (live)"
"Ol' Rag Blues"


Background and releaseEdit

The song was written by band leader Francis Rossi and roadie / harmonica player Bob Young on a table napkin in the dining room of a hotel in Perranporth, Cornwall, in 1971. A demo was cut with Rossi playing guitar and bass, with Terry Williams on drums. The group changed the arrangement from a slow blues song, doubling the tempo, and recorded it mostly live using their stage gear and amplifiers.[3] On the single release, the song fades out, while the album version is about thirty seconds longer and has a conclusive ending.

The song became one of the opening numbers in Quo's live setlist for over 25 years.[3] It was the second number played at their Live Aid gig in 1985 and it inspired Apollo 440's 1999 single "Stop the Rock".[4]

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band's thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London's Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[5][6]


  • 1973: "Caroline" (Rossi/Young) (3.43) / "Joanne" (Lancaster) (4.06) 45 rpm Vinyl 7", Vertigo / 6059 085 Germany, United Kingdom
  • 1985: "Caroline" / "Down Down" 45 rpm Vinyl 7", Old Gold / OG 9566 United Kingdom

Album tracksEdit

  • 1973, on the vinyl album Hello! - track 5, 4:16.[7]
  • 2014, on the album Aquostic (Stripped Bare), track 8, 3:13 (acoustic version)
  • 2015, on the CD album Hello!, CD1, track 5, 4:16; the 2015 re-issue bonus disc has four different versions: original demo fast, original demo slow, mono version and stereo version.


Chart (1973) Position
UK Singles Chart 5
Sweden 5
Germany 36
Belgium 9
Norway 12
Ireland 11
Chart (1982) Position
UK Singles Chart 13
Ireland 12


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  2. ^ "Status Quo discography". Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  3. ^ a b "How we made: Caroline - Status Quo". The Guardian. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ Warwick, Kutner & Brown (2004, p. 75)
  5. ^ "Status Quo Concert Setlist at Roundhouse, London on October 22, 2014 -". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Status Quo - Acoustic". Radio 2 In Concert. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Status Quo discography". Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-04.