Avalon (Roxy Music song)

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Single by Roxy Music
from the album Avalon
B-side "Always Unknowing"
ReleasedJune 1982
Label Warner 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 Étienne, 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]

Promotional video

The song's music video was directed by Ridley Scott [4] and features the English actress Sophie Ward, daughter of actor Simon Ward. It was filmed in Mentmore Towers country house. [3]

M People cover

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



Chart (1982)Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [5] 5
Germany (Official German Charts) [6] 45
Ireland (Singles Chart) [7] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [8] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [9] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [10] 37
Swedish Singles Chart [11] 19
UK Singles (OCC) [12] 13
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [13] 59


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [14] Silver200,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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