Bryan Ferry

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Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945, Washington, County Durham, UK) is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. Ferry came to public prominence in the early 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the band Roxy Music, who enjoyed a highly successful career with three number one albums and ten singles entering the top ten charts in the United Kingdom. Ferry began his solo career in 1973, whilst still a member of Roxy Music, and which continues to the present day.

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Biography

Before Roxy Music (before 1971)

Born into a working-class family (his father, Fred Ferry, was a farmer who also looked after pit ponies[1]), Ferry attended Washington Grammar-Technical School (now called Washington School) on Spout Lane from 1957 where he studied alongside former Everton manager Howard Kendall and achieved nine O levels, then studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne under Richard Hamilton.[2] His contemporaries included Tim Head[3] and Nick de Ville.[4] He became a pottery teacher at Holland Park school in London.[5] Ferry formed the band The Banshees, and later, together with Graham Simpson, the band The Gas Board.[6]

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