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Roxy Music was chiseled and honed in a small rehearsal room off Kensington High Street during 1971 and launched in summer 1972. Ferry had left his native North-East in 1968, a slick young Geordie with a degree in fine arts, down to seek his fortune in The Smoke. He was born 29 years ago in a Durham mining village called Washington – named after George, whose family hailed from there, it bears the Stars and Stripes in the town crest. Starring at the local grammar school, Ferry was all set on “being an artist with a capital A,” but in the heady days of 1963, with Eric Burdon and the Animals blaring out their Bo Diddley in nearby Newcastle, he did what every thoughtful 17 year old did in 1963: He formed the school R&B band. At Newcastle University in ‘66, when everyone was into Otis, Joe Tex and Tamla, Ferry was fronting an eight-piece soul band called the Gas Board.
Happy 68th birthday Bryan Ferry! Take a look at our 1975 profile on the Roxy Music frontman.