WASHINGTON-born superstar Bryan Ferry yesterday received his CBE from the Queen for a career in music spanning almost 40 years.
The 66-year-old’s career has covered everything from experimental tunes to sophisticated soul-pop since he moved from Wearside to London.
Speaking after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the former Washington School pupil said: “Getting something like this is actually very humbling.
“To get an official award like this is incredibly nice and quite a surprise – a very good surprise.
“I always knew I was going to be an artist – as soon as I left school and went to university and spent four years studying painting, I thought that’s what I want to do.
“I got to a point where I thought I’d put a band together and make a record and if it doesn’t work I’ll go back to painting, but the band worked incredibly well.”
He was joined at the palace by his four children, Merlin, 20, Tara, 21, Isaac, 26, and countryside campaigner Otis, 28.
He is currently touring his latest solo album, Olympia, and played reunion shows with Roxy Music, the band he formed with a group of friends, early this year.