Throwback Thursday: Bryan Ferry

Bryan FerryThis week for Throwback Thursday WERS is playing a set of Roxy Music in honor of Bryan Ferry’s 68th Birthday.

Bryan Ferry was born in Washington, England to a small working class family. Ferry formed Roxy Music in 1970 beginning with Graham Simpson, Andy Mackay, and Brian Eno. There were many exchanging members of Roxy Music throughout the span of the band. The band’s first it was “Virginia Plain” which made it to the UK Top 5 in 1972. Brian Eno left Roxy Music after their second album and it left Bryan Ferry as the leader of the band. Ferry had already started his parallel solo career in 1973. Roxy Music gained popularity in Europe and Australia during 1970s and 1980s. The band was highly experimental for its time incorporating elements of glam rock and was an early influence for English punk music. It was not until the bands fourth album, Country Life, that they broke the US Top 40. Roxy Music disbanded in 1976 after the release of their live album, Viva!, which gave more time for Ferry to work on his solo career. Ferry released two solo records during the break from Roxy Music and the band reunited in 1978 to record the album, Manifesto. Bryan Ferry is one of the many success stories in music, coming from a small mining family to becoming an international rockstar. Ferry is still making music today with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra a 1920s style jazz ensemble.

By Blaise Fritsche

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