Graham Simpson (musician)

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Graham Simpson
Born(1943-10-13)13 October 1943
Manchester, England
Died17 April 2012(2012-04-17) (aged 68)
London, England
GenresGlam rock, art rock, blues, jazz
InstrumentsGuitar, bass
Associated actsThe Junco Partners, The Gas Board, Cook-A-Hoop, Roxy Music

Graham Simpson (13 October 1943 – 17 April 2012) was a founding member and bassist of Roxy Music, and friend of Bryan Ferry. On their eponymous first album (1972), his bass notes made distinctive contributions to the tracks "Ladytron" and "Chance Meeting". However, not long after the album was released, Simpson, who was suffering from depression following the death of his mother from cancer,[1] was given an open-ended choice to remain with or take a hiatus from the band by Ferry. Simpson chose to leave the band and never returned to the line-up. He used his band royalties to travel the world learning about different cultures and religions, particularly Sufism, returning to London in 1982.

Graham Simpson is the subject of a short film called "Nothing But The Magnificent" that screened at the Portobello Film Festival in 2010. The feature-length version called "Mighty" is nine years in the making and due to star Hollywood film director Mike Figgis and original band members from Roxy Music including Bryan Ferry. Directed by West London filmmaker Miranda Little, Mighty will feature original material of Simpson by his former neighbour Sara Cook - the enigmatic London artist who also discovered him. Plus footage the pair shot of Simpson together in the summer of 2010.

Roxy Music are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2019, with Simpson named as an original band member.

He died in Ladbroke Grove, London in April 2012. [2][3]


  1. ^ "Chapter III: Biographies – Roxy Music". 12 December 1971. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Bryan Ferry – GRAHAM SIMPSON 1943–2012". Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Roxy Music – Musicians & Credits – on". Retrieved 27 August 2012.