Roxy Music exploded onto the scene in 1972 with their progressive self-titled debut album. The sound challenged the constraints of pop music and was lauded by critics and popular among fans, peaking at #4 on the UK album charts. The following year For Your Pleasure was recorded at London's legendary AIR Studios and includes some of their best-loved songs. Brian Eno left the band shortly after but later acknowledged the quality of the two albums that followed his departure - Stranded (1973) and Country Life (1974). These two albums are widely regarded as being among the most original and consistent British rock music albums of the period.
Their fifth album, Siren, contained their only US hit, Love Is the Drug. At this time Ferry was involved in a relationship with Texas-born supermodel Jerry Hall (who later became Mick Jagger’s partner). Ferry's paean to Hall, Prairie Rose, directly inspired the Talking Heads song The Big Country and was later covered by the Scottish rock group Big Country. Hall is also featured on the cover of the Siren LP and in the video for Ferry's 1976 international solo success Let's Stick Together.
In 1976, after the concert tours in support of Siren, Roxy Music disbanded and their live album Viva! was released.
The group reformed in 1978 to release three more albums, Manifesto (1979), Flesh and Blood (1980) and Avalon (1982) and in 1986 the compilation album Street Life was #1 in for five weeks.
Roxy Music disbanded while still at the top of their game but in 2001 Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson reformed to celebrate the bands 30th anniversary.