Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry, CBE is an English singer-songwriter and musician born in Washington, Tyne and Wear. His vocal style has been described as an "elegant, seductive croon".
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Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN and Sizzy Rocket Reflect on Their 'Steal the Night' Tour
Huffington Post - 6 months
Chloe Chaidez and Sizzy Rocket just wrapped up their wildly successful 'Steal the Night' tour. Audiences all across the country were mesmerized with dreamlike vocals and an electric energy on stage that packed a punch. I recently had the opportunity to chat with the two artists about a wide variety of subjects including cycling, the MTA, liberation and KITTEN's pledge campaign for an upcoming second album (which can be found here). Thanks for the interview guys! What are some interesting memories you two have while growing up? When did you decide to get involved in the music business? Was there anybody in particular that you looked up to that made you decide you had to become performers? Chloe Chaidez: As funny and dated as this may sound, I remember as a kid growing up watching music videos on VH1. I especially liked whenever they did a "70's" or "80's" marathon. When I was around 13 I started going to show's at an all ages venue in downtown LA called The Smell. When I ...
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Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Reader Scott Blair picks from your nautical suggestions this week, with Queen, Lulu, Seth Lakeman and – naturally – Bryan Ferry all setting sail Below is this week’s playlist – the theme interpreted and tunes picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s callout. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece. I feel almost over-qualified to be choosing the playlist for the current topic, given my proud seafaring history. Continue reading...
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With Tennis Sweaters, Guys Don't Need Tennis Skills
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
So suave in the ‘70s, rocker Bryan Ferry’s tennis-sweater look has been updated with new takes on the iconic knit from Gucci, Dunhill and MP Massimo Piombo.
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An Introduction To Jerry Hall, For The Unacquainted
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: OutKast, Muse & Arcade Fire Headlining
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced their official 2014 lineup Wednesday evening, and the headlining musical acts are OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. As they have for the past two years, the annual three-day festival is duplicating their lineup over two weekends: April 11 - 13 and April 18-20. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. PST on General admission for the entire weekend starts at $375. General admission and shuttle combo tickets for Weekend 1 are already in limited supply. "For your best chance," the Coachella site advises, register for Weekend 2. Last year, each festival weekend sold three-day passes to 90,000 attendees, according to event organizer Goldenvoice. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place in Indio, Calif., about 127 miles east of Los Angeles. It first took place in 1999 and lost $800,000, notes Bloomberg, but it is now the most profitable music festival in the U.S. See the all musical acts confir ...
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Music DVD Review: Bryan Ferry - 'Live in Lyon'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Bryan Ferry's `Live in Lyon' concert is typical classy art rock with a more subdued and restrained vocalist.
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Grammy Award-Winning Musician Dead At 74
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Grammy-winning musician JJ Cale, whose best known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with "After Midnight" and Lynyrd Skynyrd with "Call Me the Breeze," has died. He was 74. The performer and producer's manager Mike Kappus has told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday night of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, he cut a wide path through 1970s rock `n' roll, influencing some of the most famous musicians at the time with songs that were laid back and mellow, yet imbued with a driving groove. Neil Young, Mark Knopfler and Bryan Ferry are among his many fans in the music world. A former member of the Grand Ole Opry touring company, Cale never rose to the level of success of his admirers, but his fingerprints could be heard all over the genre in the 1970s, and his music remains influential. His album with Eric Clapton "The Road to Escondido" won a Grammy for Best Con ...
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Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana given 20-month jail sentences for tax evasion
Financial Post - over 3 years
MILAN — Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were handed a 20-month suspended prison sentence and a heavy fine on Wednesday for hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the Italian tax authorities. The design duo, who are nearly as famous as the stars they dress, were not present in court in Milan and will lodge an appeal against their conviction on charges that they have always denied. “We will read the reasons for the verdict, and we will appeal,” Massimo Dinoia, one of the pair’s defence lawyers, said after the hearing. Public prosecutor Gaetano Ruta had asked for a two-and-a-half year jail term. However, the two designers will have to pay 500,000 euros as a first instalment of a fine that could reach 10 million euros (USUS$13.4 million). The judge acquitted the pair of charges that they had filed inaccurate tax returns. Related Lionel Messi accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutor Canada slammed for trailing peers in fight against tax havens as fun ...
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Mike Ragogna: My Fifth HuffPost Anniversary, Drifting Away with Dobie Gray, and Dump the Filibuster or Dump Harry Reid
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
YEARS AGO WITH DOBIE GRAY... Thanks to David Wild's introducing me to my first editor at The Huffington Post, I have been a weekly contributor to this online titan's entertainment page for over five years. My first post, on April 5th, 2008, was a video premiere and personal account of the making of my video "Home," a song from my album Summerland. It was a kind of plea to the Bush administration to end the wars and seriously attend to post-Katrina New Orleans, and it also was a duet with my friend, the late Dobie Gray, whose monster hits "Drift Away" and "The 'In' Crowd" left giant footprints on pop music history. Since then, I have posted music business reflections, anecdotes, reviews, video and audio premieres, rants, wiseassery, obituaries, and most of the time, interviews. Throughout the many hundreds of interviews that became posts, I was blessed with quality one-to-one time with almost all of my musical heroes, been educated by many of them about music, their in ...
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Kristi York Wooten: Is Bryan Ferry the Real "Great Gatsby"? (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
He shimmied in shiny suits to the glam rock sounds of his band Roxy Music in the 1970s, brought sexy back with Boys and Girls in the 1980s, and sang breathlessly forlorn versions of 1930s Cole Porter classics in the 1990s. Yet, to no era does Bryan Ferry's image belong more fittingly than to the 1920s. Mystery! Tuxedos! Girls in pearls! What's not to love? Here's the catch: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's brand new monaural recording of Roxy Music and Ferry hits called The Jazz Age is performed by a throwback prohibition-esque combo whose star performer (not Ferry) is a clarinetist. In other words, the entire album contains no vocals. All ye slaves to love who expect a lushly-produced pop record will be forced to imagine yourselves huddled in the corner of a speakeasy with the now 67-year-old heartthrob snapping his fingers to the rhythm rather than singing to you. Without Ferry's crooning, there's still much to be desired - including some serious swing up in this joint! Bla ...
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Green Day is a great day
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
Since I work a lot of night shifts, I tend to be assigned a good amount of concerts. Each event is a unique experience and offers its own specific challenges. Sometimes, us photographers, are allowed up front at the edge of the stage, other times we are relegated to behind the sound board, 100 feet from the stage, on the same level as thousands of arm-waving fanatics. Once, for a Bryan Ferry concert at the Civic Opera House, I was in the orchestra pit, twenty feet below the stage. At this concert, I was only able to see Ferry from the waist up. The lighting is always different and the amount of time we are allowed to photograph varies from artist to artist. At a Taylor Swift show, years ago, we were instructed to photograph only the first 30 seconds of Swift's first two songs. R Kelly's people said that the first five minutes were off limits but the second five minutes were fine, even though both five minute segments were exactly the same. However, some benevolent ...
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Bar review: Zed Bar, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 4 years
After 10 years in business, Zed Bar is well and truly a cornerstone of the Chapel Allerton bar circuit. Brimming with raised leather booths, lantern-lit tables and simplistic wooden seating, this bar is part of the furniture in these parts. It’s a tried and tested mix of quality cocktails, modern yet comfortable furniture and styling and a chatty, sociable atmosphere. Situated just yards from its sportier sister bar The Hub, Zed Bar is a tasty alternative that offers a refuge from big screen TVs with a more back-to-basics feel. But by no means does that mean it isn’t plush. Instead this textured bar is full of eye-catching patterned light shades, made to look like wood grain, stone-effect walls, a cladded wooden pillar and thick-set marble topped bar. Zed Bar’s mood-lit, modern interior makes it easy to sit back and enjoy your drinks without blaring music or the dulcet tones of Sky TV’s football commentators ringing in your ears. The only accompaniment to your drink-centred chat ...
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Album review: Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age'
Chicago Times - about 4 years
1 star (out of 4)
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Michael Giltz: Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My money is on Mumford & Sons because when it comes down to it, the Grammys love commercial success (especially when paired with critical acclaim) and though it's silly to say after just two albums, Mumford & Sons is overdue. To celebrate, here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2012. First I give the list and then an extended version with comments and links to videos so you can sample the music. Enjoy! And let me know what your favorites of the year are, especially if they're not on this list. We can argue over what should be ranked where, but the main point is to discover some great new music. I hope you'll find some here. THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 1. Rumer -- Seasons Of My Soul/Boys Don't Cry (70s pop perfection) 2. Branford Marsalis -- Four MF's Playin' Their Tunes (hard-driving jazz; faultless) 3. The Tallest Ma ...
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Noel Fielding: rocking a new look
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding goes glam to relive the golden years of Bowie, Brian Eno and the rest "People are so boring these days," says Noel Fielding as he hoists himself into his Eno bell-bottoms, slips on an orange wig and struts with a guitar. Fielding, surrealist comic, painter and dandy, is recreating the glam rock 1970s. Just watching his bonkers sitcom The Mighty Boosh, or seeing him coyly flirting with Russell Brand on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, you know this must be his era. Fielding is rarely seen without a splash of makeup, big heels and even bigger hair. Actually, he says, it's his parents' era. They were in their late teens when he was born, adored Bowie and Bolan, wore tight tank tops and flares, and showed him the way sartorially. They were more like an older brother and sister when he was young. He'd come down in the morning for his cereal and have to climb over dozens of post-party bodies. No, he says, of course he didn't like it. It made him inhibited ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bryan Ferry
  • 2014
    Age 68
    Ferry is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance and has played concerts to raise funds for the organisation. In August 2014, Ferry was one of 200 public figures who signed a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, Ferry contributed the song "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" to the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. The song (featuring guitar work by David Gilmour) plays during the end credits of the US theatrical release, and was released with the Tangerine Dream version of the soundtrack on CD (although this is out of print and rare). A promotional music video was created, integrating Ferry and Gilmour into scenes from the film; this is included as a bonus in the 2002 "Ultimate Edition" DVD release. The song was later covered by How To Destroy Angels for the soundtrack to the 2011 US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As an actor, Ferry appeared in Neil Jordan's 2005 film Breakfast on Pluto as the character 'Mr. Silky String'. He also cameoed in the fourth episode of the French television mini-series Petit déjeuner compris in 1980, playing himself.
    In November 2014, Ferry released a new album entitled Avonmore, featuring original material and two cover songs (including the aforementioned "Johnny and Mary" with Todd Terje).
    More Details Hide Details The same month, he was diagnosed with acute laryngitis and on medical advice was declared unfit to perform the remaining dates of his current European tour. Concerts were cancelled from 29 November 2014 in Hamburg up to and including 11 December 2014 in Brussels, though the dates were rescheduled for 2015. Several of the women Ferry had been involved with have appeared as cover models on the Roxy Music albums. Ferry dated the French singer and model Amanda Lear, who was photographed with a black jaguar for the cover of the For Your Pleasure album. She later went on to date David Bowie.
    In June 2014, Ferry appeared at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.
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    In 2014, Ferry collaborated with the Norwegian DJ/producer Todd Terje, providing vocals on a cover version of "Johnny and Mary" (originally recorded by Robert Palmer).
    More Details Hide Details The track was released as a single and appeared on Terje's album It's Album Time.
    On 9 January 2014, it was announced that Bryan Ferry would perform at the Coachella Valley Music Festival on 11 and 18 April 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 67
    Ferry began touring with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in 2013, including a performance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival which was opened by Luhrmann's Great Gatsby film.
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    However, film director Baz Luhrmann asked to use Ferry's song "Love Is The Drug" from The Jazz Age album for the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.
    More Details Hide Details This resulted in a collaboration with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra to do several jazz pieces throughout the movie, which was released as a separate album titled The Great Gatsby – The Jazz Recordings (A Selection of Yellow Cocktail Music).
  • 2012
    Age 66
    On 26 November 2012, he released a new album entitled The Jazz Age with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details The album features new jazz renditions of some of Ferry's older hits (from both his solo discography and with Roxy Music). However, the album was a commercial failure, peaking at No. 50 on the UK Albums Chart, the lowest of Ferry's career.
    In early January 2012, Ferry married Sheppard in a private ceremony on the Turks and Caicos Islands. In August 2013, it was reported that the couple were to separate after 19 months of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Ferry was estimated to have a fortune of £30 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2010.
  • 2011
    Age 65
    In June 2011, Ferry was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his contribution to the British music industry.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    Ferry also provided vocals for the song "Shameless" on Groove Armada's 2010 album Black Light.
    More Details Hide Details The album received a nomination for the 53rd Grammy Awards in the category Best Electronic/Dance Album.
    A new version of the track was recorded for Ferry's new studio album, Olympia, released in October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album contained the material he had been recorded with his former Roxy Music band members, and also featured an impressive cast of other musicians such as Nile Rodgers, David A. Stewart, Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Michael "Flea" Balzary, Johnny Greenwood and David Gilmour, and also featured model Kate Moss on the front cover. Despite this, and being released in multiple "deluxe" editions (one including a large format hardback book), the album was not a commercial success in comparison to Ferry's previous studio albums, barely making the UK Top 20 and dropping out of the chart altogether after only three weeks.
  • 2009
    Age 63
    In 2009 Ferry provided vocals on DJ Hell's record, U Can Dance.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    On 7 October 2008 Ferry was honoured as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He joined past Icons including Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies, Steve Winwood, and Van Morrison, amongst others.
  • 2007
    Age 61
    In 2007, a controversy arose after Ferry praised the imagery and iconography of the Nazi régime in an interview with the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag.
    More Details Hide Details Ferry stated the way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord! I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl And the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags—just fantastic. Really beautiful. In the same interview Ferry was also reported to have referred to his West London recording studio as "The Führerbunker" (Adolf Hitler's bunker during World War II). Ferry's comments caused considerable controversy in the media and, in the following month he made a public apology, stating I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective. I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi régime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent. At the time of the controversy, Ferry was contracted to the British retailer Marks & Spencer to model their "Autograph" menswear line. However, despite Ferry's public apology for his comments, Marks & Spencer opted to sever their ties with him.
    In March 2007 he released the album Dylanesque, a tribute album to Bob Dylan with backing vocals from the McDonald sisters Tara McDonald & Anna McDonald.
    More Details Hide Details The album charted in the UK Top 10, and Ferry undertook a UK tour.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    In 2006 he resumed his relationship with Katie Turner for some time.
    More Details Hide Details Ferry began a relationship with Amanda Sheppard, an ex-girlfriend of one of his sons. Sheppard worked in public relations until she quit her job in 2009 after Ferry offered to support her financially.
    In October 2006, Ferry signed a contract with the British retailer Marks and Spencer to model their "Autograph" men's clothing range.
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  • 2005
    Age 59
    In 2005 it was confirmed that Roxy Music (Ferry, Eno, Mackay, Manzanera and Thompson) would be performing further shows at that year's Isle of Wight festival and that they would also be recording a further album of new and original songs, with no indication of when such a project would reach completion.
    More Details Hide Details Brian Eno confirmed that he has worked in the studio with Roxy Music once more and has co-written songs for the new album. However, Ferry later debunked the idea of a new Roxy Music album and stated that the material from these sessions will most likely be released as part of his next solo album, and that "I don't think we'll record as Roxy again."
  • 2004
    Age 58
    In 2004, he starred in the short film The Porter.
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  • 2003
    Age 57
    Ferry and Helmore split in the early 2000s following an affair she had, and they divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details After their separation, British newspapers photographed Ferry with Katie Turner, 35 years his junior, naming her as his new 'girlfriend'. Ferry and Turner met while she worked as one of the dancers on Roxy Music's concert tour in 2001 (and is featured on the DVD of the 2001 Hammersmith Odeon Show). She went on to appear with Ferry on several TV shows to promote the Frantic album, and also performed on the Frantic tour in 2002. After their break-up, Ferry had a relationship with British socialite Lady Emily Compton.
    In 2003 Ferry provided the entertainment for the Miss World contest.
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  • 2002
    Age 56
    In 2002 with the help of Manzanera and Thompson, Ferry returned with his next studio album, Frantic, which featured several tracks written with David A. Stewart as well as a collaboration with Brian Eno.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a mix of new original material and covers – something that Ferry had not attempted on a solo album since The Bride Stripped Bare in 1978.
  • 2001
    Age 55
    Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson re-reformed Roxy Music in 2001 and toured extensively for a couple of years, though the band did not record any new material.
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  • 2000
    Age 54
    In 2000, the whole Ferry family were on British Airways Flight 2069 to Nairobi when a deranged passenger forced his way into the cockpit, attacked the pilot and caused the plane to lurch downward.
    More Details Hide Details Maintaining his composure in a frantic situation, Ferry took the time to berate one of his sons for using bad language during the incident. A crash was prevented when the assailant was eventually overcome. Ferry's son, Otis, has become known in the British media for his pro-hunting political activities. He has been arrested and charged several times for activities relating to hunting, one of which led to a conviction. In 2004, Otis was among pro-hunt campaigners who stormed into the chambers of the House of Commons during a debate on the banning of hunting. He was charged with disorderly conduct. Otis is also a joint master of the South Shropshire hunt. Ferry's second son, Isaac, was suspended from Eton College for sending abusive e-mails to an anti-hunting campaigner. By 2008, Ferry's son Tara was performing in a rock band called Rubber Kiss Goodbye and was about to start studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. By 2008, Merlin was studying for "A" Levels at Marlborough College, and now plays guitar in his band Voltorb. Ferry's children have also contributed to his 2010 album Olympia. Tara played drums on several tracks, Merlin played guitar on one track, and Isaac was the producer of the album's artwork. Tara also toured with Ferry (and Roxy Music) on the band's 2011 For Your Pleasure tour, performing additional drums.
  • 1999
    Age 53
    After taking some time off from music, Ferry returned in 1999 when he released an album of 1930s songs, As Time Goes By, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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    In 1999 Ferry appeared with Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) on BBC's Comic Relief.
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  • 1996
    Age 50
    In 1996 Ferry performed the song "Dance With Life" for the Phenomenon soundtrack, which was written by Bernie Taupin and Martin Page.
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  • 1993
    Age 47
    During production, Ferry simultaneously recorded and released another covers album, Taxi in 1993, which proved to be a greater commercial and critical success than Mamouna would be when it was finally released in 1994.
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  • 1988
    Age 42
    After the Avalon promotional tours, Ferry was rather reluctant to return to live touring on the road; however, a change of management persuaded him to try touring again in 1988 to promote the previous year's Bête Noire release.
    More Details Hide Details Following the tour, Ferry teamed up again with Brian Eno for Mamouna (collaborating with Robin Trower on guitar and as producer). The album took more than five years to produce, and was created under the working title Horoscope.
  • 1985
    Age 39
    In July 1985, Ferry performed at the London Live Aid show, accompanied by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
    More Details Hide Details He was hit with technical difficulties on sound, the drummer's drumstick broke at the start of the first song "Sensation" and Gilmour's Fender Stratocaster went dead, so he had to switch to his candy-apple red Stratocaster for the rest of the performance. The difficulties in sound were overcome for "Slave to Love", as featured in the films Bitter Moon and 9½ Weeks, and "Jealous Guy". As with other successful Live Aid acts, his then current album, Boys and Girls, remained in the UK chart for almost a year.
    Ferry continued to record as a solo artist, and released his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls, in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached number one in the UK, his first and only solo recording to do so, and also became his biggest selling album in the US.
  • 1982
    Age 36
    On 26 June 1982, Ferry married London socialite and model Lucy Helmore (14 years his junior), who had become pregnant with their child Otis (b. 1 November 1982).
    More Details Hide Details Although her face is not seen, Helmore was the model on the front cover of Roxy Music's album Avalon (1982), released a month before their wedding. The couple had three more sons, Isaac, Tara, and Merlin. After they married, Helmore helped Ferry to kick a cocaine habit, and she herself attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in the mid-1990s.
    After lengthy tours to promote the Avalon album in 1982, Ferry decided to put Roxy Music on hold and continue as a solo artist.
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  • 1979
    Age 33
    Roxy Music reconvened in 1979, with Ferry, Manzanera, Thompson and Mackay (Jobson was no longer a member).
    More Details Hide Details The band recorded the albums Manifesto (1979), Flesh + Blood (1980) and Avalon (1982), the latter two reaching number one in the UK album charts. The band also achieved their first and only UK number one single, "Jealous Guy", released in 1981 as a posthumous tribute to its author John Lennon who had been murdered some months earlier. It was the only one of their singles not to be written or co-written by Ferry.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    Additionally, Ferry's 1978 solo album The Bride Stripped Bare is widely believed to contain allusions to his break-up with Hall—particularly the song "When She Walks in the Room".
    More Details Hide Details Ferry's original songs on the album were in fact written some time before the relationship ended, although it was recorded afterwards.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    Their relationship ended when she left him for Mick Jagger in late 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Ferry rarely talks about Jerry Hall, but fans have often speculated that his song "Kiss and Tell" from his album Bête Noire (1987) was Ferry's response to Hall's tell-all book about their relationship published a couple of years earlier.
  • 1976
    Age 30
    In 1976 Ferry covered a song by the Beatles, "She's Leaving Home" for the transitory musical documentary All This and World War II.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to release three solo albums during this period, Let's Stick Together (1976), In Your Mind (1977) and The Bride Stripped Bare (1978). All three albums reached the UK Top 20, but by this time his career had begun to wane.
  • 1973
    Age 27
    After their second album, Brian Eno left Roxy Music, leaving Ferry its undisputed leader. Ferry had already started a parallel solo career in 1973, initially performing cover versions of old standards on albums such as These Foolish Things (1973) and Another Time, Another Place (1974), both of which reached the UK Top 5.
    More Details Hide Details After the concert tour in support of their fifth studio album, Siren, Roxy Music temporarily disbanded in 1976 though band members Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera and Eddie Jobson took part in recording Ferry's subsequent solo material.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Roxy Music's first hit, "Virginia Plain", made the UK Top 5 in 1972, and was followed up with several hit singles and albums, with Ferry as their lead vocalist and occasional instrumentalist (he taught himself the piano in his mid-twenties) and Eno contributing synthesiser backing.
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  • 1970
    Age 24
    Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with Graham Simpson, in November 1970.
    More Details Hide Details The line-up expanded to include saxophonist/oboist Andy Mackay and his acquaintance Brian Eno, who owned tape recorders and played Mackay's synthesiser. Other early members included timpanist Dexter Lloyd and ex-Nice guitarist David O'List, who were replaced respectively by Paul Thompson and Phil Manzanera before the band recorded its first album (early Peel Sessions for the UK's BBC Radio 1 feature O'List's playing).
  • 1968
    Age 22
    Ferry moved to London in 1968 with the intention of pursuing a career in music.
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  • 1964
    Age 18
    Ferry later studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1964–68, under Richard Hamilton for one year.
    More Details Hide Details His contemporaries included Tim Head and Nick de Ville. During this period Ferry was a member of the student band the City Blues. Ferry became a pottery teacher at Holland Park School in London. Ferry formed the band the Banshees and, later, together with Graham Simpson and John Porter, the band the Gas Board.
  • 1957
    Age 11
    Bryan Ferry was born in Washington, County Durham, into a working-class family (his father, Fred Ferry, was a farm labourer who also looked after pit ponies), Ferry attended Washington Grammar-Technical School (now called Washington School) on Spout Lane from 1957 and achieved nine O levels.
    More Details Hide Details Among his classmates was Everton footballer Howard Kendall.
  • 1945
    Born on September 26, 1945.
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