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Bryan Ferry

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Washington, Tyne and Wear, England (1970 – present)

Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945 in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England) is a British and musician. Famed for his suave visual and vocal style, he came to public prominence in the as the lead singer of the group Roxy Music. After influencing many later bands with his crooning vocals and fashion sense, he has had a highly successful solo career upon leaving the group in 1984.

Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with musician Graham Simpson, in November 1970. The line-up expanded to include saxophonist/oboist Andy Mackay and his acquaintance Brian Eno, who owned tape recorders and played Mackay’s synthesizer. Ferry’s background in art school, influenced by boundary-pushing work as such as the pop art of Andy Warhol and the music of the Velvet Underground, gave him a vision of mutated rock featuring electronic experimentation as well as lyrical cynicism.

The success of Roxy Music’s first album, 1972’s ‘Roxy Music’, and first single, “Virginia Plain”, contributed to the rise of an almost social movement like cultural following known as ‘Roxymania’. Many artists playing and music looked up to Ferry’s group, with the scene advanced by bands such as ABC and Duran Duran particularly aping their fashion sense. Several British punks, oddly enough, also looked to Roxy Music for their shared sense of musical experimentation with transgressive lyrics; the Sex Pistols is an interesting example.

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