Roxy Music Biography

Roxy Music is a British art rock group formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesiser and "treatments"), and Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin). Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, they reunited for a concert tour in 2001, and have toured together intermittently since that time. Despite an 18-year gap between activity Roxy Music never officially split up. Ferry frequently enlisted many Roxy members as session musicians for his solo releases.

Roxy Music attained popular and critical success in Europe and Australia during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their debut album, Roxy Music (1972). The band was highly influential, as leading proponents of the more experimental, musically sophisticated element of glam, as well as a significant influence on early English punk music. They also provided a model for many new wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s. The group is distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamour. Ferry and co-founding member Eno have also had influential solo careers, the latter becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the late 20th century. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Roxy Music No. 98 on its "The Immortals – 100 The Greatest Artists of All Time" list.

Their music was influenced by other British artists, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, The Creation, The Move, Traffic, David Bowie, King Crimson, and Elton John, as well as American artists like Little Richard, Elvis Presley and The Velvet Underground.

The band's last studio album was 1982's Avalon. In 2005 they began recording a new studio album, which would have been their ninth, and would have been their first record since 1973 with Brian Eno, who wrote two songs for it as well as played keyboards. However, Bryan Ferry eventually confirmed that material from these sessions would be released as a Ferry solo album, with Eno playing on "a couple of tracks," and that he doesn't think they'll ever record as Roxy Music again. The album ultimately became Ferry's 2010 album Olympia.

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Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry marries for the second time

Singer ties the knot with Amanda Sheppard in the Caribbean

  • Jan 11, 2012

Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry announces two London shows - ticket details

Singer lines up double header at Shepherds Bush Empire in December

  • Sep 20, 2011

Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry pays tribute to The Beatles' 'White Album' designer Richard Hamilton

Singer says father of pop art's death is the 'end of an era'

  • Sep 14, 2011

Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry receives CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list

'Nowhere Boy' director Sam Taylor Wood is also honoured

  • Jun 11, 2011

Bryan Ferry 'seriously ill' in hospital

65-year-old is admitted to hospital after 'feeling rough for some time'

  • Apr 6, 2011

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Windswept

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What Goes On

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Angel Eyes

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Avalon

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Same Old Scene

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Roxy Music / Rufus Wainwright : New York Madison Square Garden

Roxy Music / Rufus Wainwright : New York Madison Square Garden

The ageing glam lothario and his sci-fi coterie are back, so, er, take a seat...

  • Jul 25, 2001

The Early Years

Every dream home should have one.

  • Sep 2, 2000

Roxy Music/ For Your Pleasure/ Stranded/Country Life/Siren

Champagne, Novocaine and music that'll melt your brain....

  • Jul 6, 1999

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