Personalities | Roxy Music | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1971–76, 1979–83, 2001–present)

This enduringly influential British art rock group’s combination of futuristic music and 1950s rock’n’roll emerged in 1972 with their eponymous first album and standalone single ‘Virginia Plain’. Fronted by singer Bryan Ferry, the line-up included synthesizer player/tape operator Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy McKay (saxophone), Paul Thompson (drums) and various bassists. When Eno left after For Your Pleasure (1973), Roxy’s music lost some of its experimental edge but continued to plough a distinctive furrow through Stranded (1974) and Country Life (1975). Eno was replaced by classically trained keyboardist Eddie Jobson.

After Siren (1976), which contained their only US hit ‘Love Is The Drug’, Roxy Music took a break, reconvening two years later for Manifesto. This along with Flesh + Blood (1980) and Avalon (1983) saw the band’s music take on a glossy, commercial sheen. Roxy Music disbanded in 1983 and reformed in 2001.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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