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'HUMBLED AND SURPRISED' FERRY RECEIVES HIS AWARD.

WASHINGTON-BORN singer Bryan Ferry yesterday received his CBE from the Queen for a life in music spanning almost 40 years The 66-year-old Newcastle University graduate's career has covered everything from experimental tunes to sophisticated soul-pop and influenced many bands along the way.

Speaking after Wednesday's investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Ferry 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."

Mr Ferry 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 early this year.

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Date:Dec 1, 2011
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