Roxy Music is the only band I can think of that had an oboe player in it, and that’s because the oboe player, Andy MacKay, knew the manager of another band, King Crimson. An unemployed ceramics teacher, Bryan Ferry, had auditioned for lead vocalist with them, and although he hadn’t been selected, the manager thought MacKay should meet him. As it happened, Ferry had been fired from his teaching job for singing in the classroom — songs he’d written — and MacKay liked them enough to call his friend Brian Eno, who played keyboards and loved to mess around with electronic equipment. They made a demo tape.
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