Bryan Ferry

Singer Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry, CBE is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. Ferry came to prominence in the early 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the band Roxy Music, who enjoyed a highly successful career with three number one albums and ten singles entering the top ten charts in the United Kingdom. Ferry began his solo career in 1973, while still a member of Roxy Music, which continues to the present day.
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A master pop interpreter, Bryan Ferry shares his secret — to approach a song 'the way jazz players do'
LATimes - 6 months
The Hollywood Bowl has long been a place to see what are now called legacy acts — often a term that’s a polite way of saying old and critic-proof. But in the case of Bryan Ferry, who this weekend is making his Cahuenga Pass debut, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has invited not only a major artist...
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Chloe Chaidez of KITTEN and Sizzy Rocket Reflect on Their 'Steal the Night' Tour
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 ...
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Readers recommend playlist: songs about ships and boats
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: OutKast, Muse & Arcade Fire Headlining
Huffington Post - about 4 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 coachella.com. 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 confi...
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Music DVD Review: Bryan Ferry - 'Live in Lyon'
Seattle Pi - over 4 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 4 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 Co...
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Italian fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana given 20-month jail sentences for tax evasion
Financial Post - over 4 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 fu...
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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 5 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 i...
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Kristi York Wooten: Is Bryan Ferry the Real "Great Gatsby"? (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - almost 5 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! Bl...
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Green Day is a great day
Chicago Times - almost 5 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 5 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 cha...
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Album review: Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age'
Chicago Times - about 5 years
1 star (out of 4)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bryan Ferry
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 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.
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    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).
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    In June 2014, Ferry appeared at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.
    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).
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    On 9 January 2014, it was announced that Bryan Ferry would perform at the Coachella Valley Music Festival on 11 and 18 April 2014.
  • 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.
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 66
    On 26 November 2012, he released a new album entitled The Jazz Age with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 2010
    Age 64
    Ferry also provided vocals for the song "Shameless" on Groove Armada's 2010 album Black Light.
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    A new version of the track was recorded for Ferry's new studio album, Olympia, released in October 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    In 2009 Ferry provided vocals on DJ Hell's record, U Can Dance.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    On 7 October 2008 Ferry was honoured as a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 60
    In 2006 he resumed his relationship with Katie Turner for some time.
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    In October 2006, Ferry signed a contract with the British retailer Marks and Spencer to model their "Autograph" men's clothing range.
  • FIFTIES
  • 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.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    In 2004, he starred in the short film The Porter.
  • 2003
    Age 57
    Ferry and Helmore split in the early 2000s following an affair she had, and they divorced in 2003.
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    In 2003 Ferry provided the entertainment for the Miss World contest.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    In 1999 Ferry appeared with Alan Partridge (played by Steve Coogan) on BBC's Comic Relief.
  • 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    In July 1985, Ferry performed at the London Live Aid show, accompanied by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
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    Ferry continued to record as a solo artist, and released his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls, in 1985.
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  • 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).
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    After lengthy tours to promote the Avalon album in 1982, Ferry decided to put Roxy Music on hold and continue as a solo artist.
  • 1979
    Age 33
    Roxy Music reconvened in 1979, with Ferry, Manzanera, Thompson and Mackay (Jobson was no longer a member).
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  • 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".
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    Their relationship ended when she left him for Mick Jagger in late 1977.
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  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    Ferry formed Roxy Music with a group of friends and acquaintances, beginning with Graham Simpson, in November 1970.
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  • 1968
    Age 22
    Ferry moved to London in 1968 with the intention of pursuing a career in music.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 18
    Ferry later studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1964–68, under Richard Hamilton for one year.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on September 26, 1945.
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