ROXY MUSIC / RIK KENTON
Roxy Music are an English art rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson.
The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesiser and “treatments”), and Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin).
Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, they reunited for a concert tour in 2001, and have toured together intermittently since that time.
Despite a 18 year gap between activity Roxy Music never officially split up and Ferry never ended Roxy Music. Ferry frequently enlisted many Roxy members as session musicians for his solo releases.
Roxy Music attained popular and critical success in Europe and Australia during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their debut album, Roxy Music (1972). The band was highly influential, as leading proponents of the more experimental, musically sophisticated element of glam, as well as a significant influence on early English punk music.
They also provided a model for many New Wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s. The group is distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamour.
Ferry and co-founding member Eno have also had influential solo careers, the latter becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the late 20th century.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Roxy Music No. 98 on its “The Immortals – 100 The Greatest Artists of All Time” list.
Their music was influenced by other British artists, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, The Creation, The Move, Traffic, David Bowie, King Crimson, and Elton John, as well as American artists like Little Richard, Elvis Presley and The Velvet Underground.
In 2005 they began recording a new studio album, which would have been their ninth. It would have been Roxy’s first record since 1973 with Brian Eno, who wrote two songs for it as well as played keyboards.
However, Bryan Ferry eventually confirmed that material from these sessions would be released as a Ferry solo album, with Eno playing on “a couple of tracks,” and that he doesn’t think they’ll record as Roxy Music again.
Subsequently, this was confirmed by the announcement of a solo Bryan Ferry album, titled Olympia.
Rik Kenton was their bass player during the early 1970’s and was featured in Rotosound’s advertising.
Born: Nottingham, 31st October 1948
Education: High Pavement Grammar School, Nottingham, and Nottingham Technical College, where he studied chemistry.
Musical Tuition: brass bands and school orchestra on cornet. Took up guitar at 15.
Musical Career: Singer and rhythm guitarist with school group, The Hound Dogs. Played rhythm guitar doing Chuck Berry material with local groups in Nottingham. Started professionally with Mouseproof at David Bowie’s Arts Lab in Beckenham in 1969. Was with Armada, jazz rock group which included Gary Windo and Mick Nichols, from summer 1970 until it split in October 1971. Joined Roxy Music in June 1972.
Other Occupations: Storeman, assistant in electronics factory, croupier, ice cream salesman, quick order chef.
Influences: Paul McCartney, Richard Davis, Jerry Jemott, Charles Mingus, The Beatles
Favourite Single: All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
Most Influential LP: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
Favourite Songwriters: George Harrison, John Lennon, Gustav Mahler
Favourite Singer: Nina Simone
Favourite Musician: Jimi Hendrix
Residence: Bachelor ground-floor suite in Westminster.
Instruments: Fender Jazz Bass, Rotosound strings, Fender Dual Showman amplifier and Fender bass cabinet. Marshall fuzz box and Premier New Era tambourine.
Official website www.roxymusic.co.uk
Rik Kenton used
RS66LD Swing Bass