July 8, 2022, 6:15 PM
With Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry became one of the most influential figures in rock music.
Here’s everything you need to know about the distinctive singer:
Who is Brian Ferry?
Bryan Ferry is one of Britain’s most successful and influential rock musicians, having collectively sold over 30 million records as a solo artist and with iconic band Roxy Music.
After the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, Roxy Music led a generation of new artists in the 1970s alongside David Bowie who fused music and visual image.
As pioneers of “art rock”, the group achieved huge success both at home and abroad, which made Bryan Ferry a prominent cultural icon with songs like “Love Is The Drug”, “Virginia Plain” and “Dance Away”.
Ferry began a solo career while at Roxy Music and popularized the concept of covering famous songs for new audiences.
On the heels of Roxy Music’s best-selling albums Avalon in 1982, Bryan Ferry left the band to focus on his solo career and achieved huge success with his 1985 album Boys and girlsand songs such as “Jealous Guy” and “Don’t Stop The Dance”.
He was inducted into the Roll And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2019 as a member of Roxy Music.
How old is Bryan Ferry and where was he born?
Bryan Ferry was born on September 26, 1945 in County Durham, England. He celebrated his 76th birthday in 2021.
He came from a working-class family – his father Frederick Charles Ferry worked as a farm laborer while his mother Mary Ann cared for him.
Working as a newspaper boy in his hometown of Washington, he used his money to buy jazz records.
How did Bryan Ferry get his start in music?
Bryan Ferry studied fine art at Newcastle University before moving to London in 1968.
One of his paintings was exhibited at Tate Britain (formerly the Tate Gallery) and taught art and pottery while pursuing a career in music.
In 1970, he founded Roxy Music with his art school classmates, including Brian Eno, who later broke into the mainstream charts with their self-titled debut album in 1972 which included the hit single “Virginia Plain”.
What are Bryan Ferry’s greatest songs?
– ‘Plain of Virginia’
– ‘Love is the drug’
– ‘Dance Away’
– “Let’s stay together”
– ‘Jealous guy’
– ‘More than that’
– “Same old scene”
– ‘Slave of love’
– “Don’t Stop the Dance”
Is Bryan Ferry married?
Bryan Ferry is currently unmarried, but has been married twice in his life and had a string of high-profile romantic relationships.
His first notable relationship was with model Jerry Hall whom he met in 1975. Hall then left Ferry in 1977 after he began dating Mick Jagger.
In 1983 Ferry married socialite Lucy Birley (formerly Lucy Helmore) with whom he had four children: Otis, Tara, Merlin and Isaac. They divorced in 2003. Ferry said he was “saddened and shocked” by her death by suicide in 2018.
He was married again to Amanda Sheppard in 2012, whom he met after dating his son. They divorced in 2014.
What is Bryan Ferry’s net worth?
Bryan Ferry’s net worth is £30million.
Are there any other facts we should know about Bryan Ferry?
Contrary to the tendency of the typical working-class art student, Bryan Ferry admits to being “sort of conservative when it comes to his political allegiance.
Ferry worked with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on the song “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” which was used for Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy epic Legend which starred a young Tom Cruise.
He’s a huge Bob Dylan fan and even made a cover album Dylanesque in 2007.
In May 2022, Ferry revealed he would be joining former Roxy Music bandmates Phil Manzanera, Paul Thompson and Andy Mackay for a reunion tour.