The elegant man Bryan Ferry is 75 years old this week.
The former teacher formed Roxy Music in 1970 and two years later had their first hit Virginia Plain. Bryan was one of a few singers who like Rod Stewart and Phil Collins, to name a couple, to had a concurrent career both as a member of a group and a solo artist at the same time and his began just one year after with A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
Roxy Music had one UK number one with a cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy which they recorded as a tribute to Lennon who had been murdered just two months earlier. Ferry’s most successful solo single was a cover of a Wilbert Harrison song from 1962 called Let’s Stick Together. Harrison, in 1970, re-recorded his own song and re-titled it Let’s Work Together. Canned Heat covered it the same year under that title and it reached number two.
Bryan’s version used both titles and reached number four in the summer of 1976. Let’s remember his version complete with the cameo apperaance of Jerry Hall on yelps!