LEGENDARY singer Bryan Ferry will receive an honorary degree from Newcastle University today (Friday, July 11).
The Roxy Music singer and songwriter is being made an honorary Doctor of Music from the university where he graduated in Fine Art in 1968.
Four years later, his band emerged and became one of the most influential of the 1970s, producing classic albums such as For Your Pleasure and Avalon.
Ferry, 69 and born in Washington, Tyne and Wear, said: "I feel honoured to have been awarded this doctorate from my former university.
"I enjoyed my time at Newcastle, and was fortunate to study with some great teachers and fellow students.
"It was an inspiring time to be an art student in Newcastle, and the city also had an exciting music scene.
"Music and art have guided my life, and it all started at Newcastle University."
Newcastle University's registrar, Dr John Hogan, said: "We are delighted to welcome back and honour one of our graduates who has achieved so much in his field.
"Newcastle University has an excellent reputation for education in art and music and Mr Ferry is a great example and inspiration to our students graduating in those disciplines this summer."