Rick Parfitt's Springfield inspiration

Rick Parfitt doesn't think he'd have developed such an interest in music if it weren't for the late Dusty Springfield's original band The Springfields.

Rick Parfitt's Springfield inspiration

Rick Parfitt claims The Springfields inspired him to become a musician.

The Status Quo guitarist revealed he was a huge fan of late pop singer Dusty Springfield's original band, which featured featuring her brother Tom Springfield and producer Mike Hurst, and believes he may never have developed such a keen interest for music without the 1960s band.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I've always been a huge Dusty Springfield fan. When I was just a boy I used to listen to The Springfields all the time and I don't think I'd be a musician without them."

As well as being inspired to pick up a guitar and begin learning about music, the 66-year-old rocker - who has a slew of hits to his name including 'Rockin' All Over the World', 'Whatever You Want' and 'Down Down' - Rick explained the first ever band he was in covered the group's single 'Island of Dreams' which drove him to pursue music as a career.

He added: "I was in a band called The Highlights and we did a rendition of 'Island of Dreams' and it made me realise I wanted to do music properly."

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