Avalon (Roxy Music song)

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Avalon (single).jpg
Single by Roxy Music
from the album Avalon
B-side"Always Unknowing"
ReleasedJune 1982
LabelWarner Bros./Reprise/E.G.
Songwriter(s)Bryan Ferry
Producer(s)Rhett Davies and Roxy Music
Roxy Music singles chronology
"More than This"
"Take a Chance with Me"

"Avalon" is a 1982 song by the English rock band Roxy Music. It was released as the second single from their album Avalon. The single, with its B-side, "Always Unknowing", charted at No. 13 in the UK.[1]


The song's distinctive backing vocals were performed by Haitian singer Yanick Etienne, whom Bryan Ferry encountered during the recording of the album. He heard her in the adjacent studio and invited her to contribute backing vocals to the recording.[2][3][4]

Promotional video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Howard Guard and features the English actress Sophie Ward, daughter of actor Simon Ward. It was filmed in Mentmore Towers country house.[3]


Chart (1982) Peak
Polish Single Chart[5] 18

M People cover[edit]

In 1997, British House dance group M People, covered the song and released it as the twelfth and closing track on their final to date studio album Fresco.



  1. ^ EveryHit - Roxy Music - Avalon Archived October 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  2. ^ Mix Magazine - Roxy Music's "Avalon" Archived 2014-07-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Roxy Music - Singles - on". Vivaroxymusic.com. 1982-06-15. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ "Avalon by Roxy Music Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. ^ "Lista Przebojów Programu 3". LP3. Retrieved 30 November 2018.

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