Born in 1945 in County Durham (North-East of England), Bryan Ferry is a singer and songwriter. Bryan is most well-known for his time as the frontman of famed 70s glam rockers Roxy Music. This successful band released a string of classic albums—Roxy Music (1972), For Your Pleasure (1973), and Avalon (1982). The classics were backed by a number of hit singles such as “Virginia Plain”, “Do the Strand”, and “Love is the Drug”.
About Bryan Ferry
After completing university in Newcastle, Ferry moved to London, where he formed Roxy Music. The classic lineup of the band was comprised Andy Mackay on saxophone, Brian Eno on synthesiser, Paul Thompson on drums, Phil Manzanera on guitar, with a variety of bassists passing through the band at this time. The first two albums were marked by a sophisticated, suave cool that took the complexity of the progressive rock that was popular at the time and dressed it into three-minute pop singles that one could dance to.
The success of Roxy Music was such that even when Eno left the band after For Your Pleasure, leaving Ferry as the main creative force in the group, the hits continued coming, and following albums Stranded (1973) and Country Life (1974) were both hugely successful.
More Than This
With Roxy Music at the peak of their success, Ferry began a solo career in 1973. Although his solo work never quite attained the same popularity as Roxy Music, it still provided the singer with a strong back-catalogue of songs, as well as an alternate source of work when the band began to take different paths from 1975 onwards, reconvening less regularly. The band would have a major comeback in 1982 with Avalon, but after that, they split until a reunion in 2001. In the meantime, Ferry busied himself with a solo career, reaching the top of the UK charts in 1985 with the album Boys and Girls, as well as collaborating with a variety of artists and musicians since.