Born September 26, in Washington, England, Ferry, the son of a coal miner, began his musical career as a singer with the rock outfit the Banshees while studying art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne under pop conceptualist Richard Hamilton. Within a few years, Roxy Music had become phenomenally successful, affording Ferry the opportunity to cut his first solo LP in Far removed from the group's arty glam rock, These Foolish Things established the path that all of Ferry's solo work -- as well as the final Roxy Music records -- would take, focusing on elegant synth pop interpretations of '60s hits like Bob Dylan 's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," the Rolling Stones ' "Sympathy for the Devil," and the Beatles ' "You Won't "Boys joinded by a third" Me," all rendered in the singer's distinct, coolly dramatic manner.
Released inIn Your Mind was Ferry's first collection of completely original material; the following year's The Bride Stripped Bare, a work inspired by his broken romance with model Jerry Hall, was split evenly between new songs and covers. Ferry did not record another solo album until 's Boys and Girls, a sleek, seamless effort that was his first "official" solo release following the Roxy breakup. Top 40 hit with "Kiss and Tell.
The next summer, the practically unimaginable came true when Ferry joined Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera for a tour of Europe and the U. It was a celebration of hits, and the band's first jaunt out in more than a decade.
In summerFerry returned to his solo career for the electrifying Frantic. Ferry signed with the Astralwerks imprint for the release of 's Olympia.
This completely instrumental album featured his band re-recording some of his biggest hits in a s jazz style.