Roxy Music

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Roxy Music are an English rock band formed in 1971 by lead vocalist and principal songwriter Bryan Ferry and bassist Graham Simpson. By the time the band recorded their first album in 1972, Ferry and Simpson were joined by saxophonist and oboist Andy Mackay, guitarist Phil Manzanera, drummer Paul Thompson and synthesizer player Brian Eno. Other members over the years include keyboardist and violinist Eddie Jobson and bassist John Gustafson. The band split in 1976, reformed in 1978 and split again in 1983. In 2001, Ferry, Mackay, Manzanera and Thompson reunited for a concert tour and have toured together intermittently ever since, most recently in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first album.[11] Ferry has also frequently enlisted band members as backing musicians during his solo career.

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Roxy Music
Roxy Music on TopPop in 1973. Left to right: Eddie Jobson, Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera, Bryan Ferry, Sal Maida, Andy Mackay
Roxy Music on TopPop in 1973. Left to right: Eddie Jobson, Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera, Bryan Ferry, Sal Maida, Andy Mackay
Background information
OriginCounty Durham/London, England
DiscographyRoxy Music discography
Years active
  • 1971–1976
  • 1978–1983
  • 2001–2011
  • 2022
  • The Explorers
  • 801
Past membersList of Roxy Music members

Roxy Music became a successful act in Europe and Australia during the 1970s. This success began with their first album in 1972.[12] The band pioneered more musically sophisticated elements of glam rock while significantly influencing early English punk music,[13] and provided a model for many new wave acts while innovating elements of electronic composition. The group also conveyed their distinctive brand of visual and musical sophistication with their focus on glamorous fashions.[1] Roxy Music's final studio album was Avalon (1982), which was certified Platinum in the United States, where the band had spent their first ten years as a moderately successful cult band.[14]

Outside of the band, Ferry and Eno have had influential solo careers, with Eno also becoming one of the most significant British record producers of the late 20th century. In 2019, Roxy Music were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[15][16]

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