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Roll Over Lay Down by Status Quo that was first released on the album Hello! in 1973.

Roll Over Lay Down from the album Hello! is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Status Quo. Released in September 1973, it was the first of four Quo albums to top the UK Albums Chart. It was also the first Quo album on which drummer John Coghlan was credited with songwriting.

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1973 started for Status Quo with the belated chart success, in January, of the 1972 releases on their new label Vertigo, leading to their first top ten entry on the album charts and a long-awaited return to the top ten of the singles chart. As a result, Status Quo’s previous record company Pye decided to release a single from their 1971 album Dog of Two Head. The single, Francis Rossi and Bob Young’s “Mean Girl”, reached No. 20 upon its release. It was backed by the Rossi/Parfitt composition “Everything”, taken from the band’s 1970 album Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon.

In August 1973 the only single from the new album, Rossi and Young’s “Caroline”, was released, reaching No. 5. It was the group’s first single to reach the UK top five. Its B-side was a non-album track titled “Joanne”, written by Alan Lancaster and Rick Parfitt.

Hello! was released in September that year, and became the most successful album the band had ever released. Initial copies of the record on vinyl came with a large black and white poster of the group. Of the eight tracks on the album, only six of them were new. “Caroline” had already been heard by the public as a single release, while “Softer Ride” had served as the B-side to the band’s “Paper Plane” single from their previous album Piledriver.

No other singles were issued from the album, although a live version of “Roll Over Lay Down” appeared on a three-track EP released in May 1975, which reached No. 9 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 2 on the Australian Singles Chart, making it the band’s only top-ten hit Down Under.

This was the band’s first album to feature the band’s name written in the now-familiar font used on most subsequent album covers.