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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 26 September 1945Washington, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Son of a coal miner, Bryan Ferry cultivated his musical abilities while studying art at the University of Newcastle. In 1971, Ferry founded Roxy Music with, among others, composer and synthesizer player Brian Eno, who left in 1973. Ferry was Roxy's front man until its demise in 1983, but as Eno was leaving the band, Ferry released his first solo album, "These Foolish Things", which demonstrates a different approach of what he was doing at that time with Roxy Music: while the band jumped on the Glam Rock bandwagon, Ferry, in his solo efforts, showed a cool crooning style. But as Roxy Music evolved by the years, it became clear that Ferry's career with the band or as a solo artist was a whole. Although Roxy was very popular in UK, they had little impact in America: their best known hits on this side of the Atlantic were "Love Is the Drug" (1975), "Avalon" and "More Than This" (both in 1982). After Roxy Music disbanded, Ferry put emphasis on his solo career, releasing five albums after the Roxy years and keeping the same crooning style which became his trademark. His biggest solo hits include "Don't Stop The Dance" (1985) and "Kiss and Tell" (1988), which was featured in the motion picture Bright Lights, Big City (1988). Ferry's solo albums contain self-penned songs (Boys & Girls, Bête Noire, Mamouna) or covers (These Foolish Things, Taxi and As Time Goes By, his latest release).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: a.trempe@polyinter.com

Spouse (2)

Amanda Sheppard (4 January 2012 - present) (filed for divorce)
Margaret Mary "Lucy" Helmore (26 June 1982 - 21 March 2003) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (21)

Lead singer and keyboardist of Roxy Music.
Dated model Jerry Hall in the 1970s, which explains her appearance on the cover of Roxy Music's 1975 album "Siren". Ferry and Hall were still dating in the late '70s when Hall met Mick Jagger for the first time....eventually leading to their a long relationship and four children together.
Married 22-year-old Lucy Helmore at the Church of St. Anthony and St. George at Duncton, West Sussex, England, UK.
Sons: Otis, Isaac, Tara, Merlin.
Ferry's son Otis was arrested while attempting to plaster pro-hunting stickers over the windows of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's house during a protest in support of fox hunting. (3 August 2002).
Sons Otis, born 1 November 1982 and Isaac, born 16 May 1985.
Kar Wai Wong credits his rendition of the standard "I'm in the Mood for Love" as the inspiration for the English title of his film 'Fa yeung nin wa (2000)'.
Frequently ridiculed in issues of the New Musical Express in the 1970s. This came about after Ferry reportedly took exception to the manner in which he was interviewed by journalists from the magazine. In return, variations on the spelling of Ferry's name became a commonplace joke in articles. Ironically, Roxy Music were one of the most popular bands with NME journalists.
Winner of the 2003 Ivor Novello Award for outstanding contribution to British music.
Winner of the 2004 Q Lifetime Achievement Award (as a member of Roxy Music).
His song "Going Strong" was recorded by Roger Daltrey on his solo album "Parting Should Be Painless" (released in 1984).
His song "The Way You Do" was recorded by Anni-Frid Lyngstad on her solo album "Something's Going On" (released in 1982).
Has collaborated with former band colleague Brian Eno again since 2005, writing songs for Roxy Music's new album.
Became the face of Mark & Spencer's clothing range "Autograph" (October 2006).
Currently lives together with Katie Turner, a dancer he got to know during Roxy Music's 2001 concert tour.
One of David Bowie's favorite songwriters. Bowie has described Ferry as one of the best lyricists in British music.
His song "More Than This" was recorded by Norah Jones on the Charlie Hunter Quartet's album "Songs from the Analog Playground" (released in 2001).
Winner of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Icon Award in 2008.
Lives in Petworth, United Kingdom.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to music.
Roxy have been reformed for about 3 months now and have just started their first world tour since 1983. [June 2001]

Personal Quotes (14)

The older I get the less I know about women. They are completely infallible and totally impossible.
"I have terrible memories of it all going wrong. I'd put together an all-star band and the set was fraught with problems. We had David Gilmour on guitar and, poor David, his guitar wasn't working for the first couple of songs. With his first hit, the drummer put his stick through the drum skin. And then my microphone wasn't working, which for a singer is a bit of a handicap. A roadie ran on with another mic so then I was holding two mics taped together and I wasn't really sure which one to sing into. It was a great day though." (On playing Live Aid (1985))
As far as the words are concerned it's a bit like an actor tackling Shakespeare. I like finding the melodies that Dylan's hidden away in there. (On recording Bob Dylan songs)
I'm much more serious than him. He loves to talk! He has to talk the talk. And I tend to rather sit and watch more. That's where the main difference is. But we're both self-centered. I think we both think the world revolves around us. (On Brian Eno)
He was the best guitar player and had a great look and a great attitude. I saw him play when I was a student. I was very impressed. Very influenced. (On Jimi Hendrix)
When I started reading Eliot, I really felt incredibly close to some of the things I read. I could feel this. It's fabulous when you do that, when you discover somebody who you like, when you kind of feel those feelings, even though he articulates them better. He would probably be my favorite poet. Some of it is really beautiful and sad, haunting. Words can be very powerful. I find them very difficult. (On T.S. Eliot)
I like quality things. Yes, I do have a vast wardrobe, but it's certainly not on the Elton John scale.
I like my own lyrics, but I don't write as prolifically as I would like to. So that's probably why I went into the whole world of interpretation. (On recording cover versions)
I heard Dylan (Bob Dylan) when he first came out, and I remember seeing people wandering around with his album under their arms. But at that time I wasn't into ... folk music. Oh, acoustic guitars? It was not my thing. I was very much into Otis Redding, soul music, Stax, Motown. And guitars had to be electric for me, to be exciting.
Never was anything really. Never really voted. Always lived in a huge majority where I don't think my vote would have made much difference. Where I was born it was a 23,000 Labour majority and now I live in a similar Tory majority. But yes, I am conservative by nature so it would be fair to say I was supporting them now. That said, I always felt politics and art don't mix very well.
It's good to have layers in your life. If I'm in a limousine on the way to the airport, I still haven't forgotten what it is like to stand in the rain at a north-eastern bus stop for hours. I do have memories of deprivation, but I don't carry them around like some bitter, Left-wing hammer to beat people on the head with. The human experience is all about contrast.
You know, we were poor, and I thought I was poor, but in many ways my life was easy. My education was funded by the State, I went to a really nice northern grammar school, and then I went to university on a full grant. I was nurtured. I have nothing to kick against.
Making music for a living is quite hard. With every album you have to reinvent the wheel, reinvent Tabasco or HP Sauce. You have to do it again and again and people are quite unforgiving if you don't do your best work. It's like exams. You're only as good as the last record.
It's great to write stuff, but I think it's pretty universal that at a certain point, people write less and less. And that's sad. Because I remember loving it when I found the right phrase to go with a piece of music. And I do that less and less. I haven't stopped writing, but it's just slower.

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