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Bryan Ferry Wants To Be Your Valentine, DJ

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This week, host Bob Boilen sits down with Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry to chat about the universal allure and importance of love songs. Ferry has had a long and transformative career, beginning with his years in the rock group Roxy Music, to a solo career that's spanned forty years and fourteen albums.

Though Ferry has long had a well-earned reputation for being a romantic crooner, he tells Bob "it's always easier for me to write the sad songs and sing the sad songs. The moments I feel more creative are when I'm feeling introspective and maybe a bit sad. It's rather a lonely occupation, writing songs."

Ferry recently released his innovative and completely surprising new album, The Jazz Age, which re-imagines classic Roxy Music tracks, as well as songs from Ferry's solo career, as 1920s-era instrumental jazz songs. On this edition of All Songs Considered, we'll hear a few of those songs, along with some of Ferry's personal (and sometimes heartbreaking) favorites, from artists such as Otis Redding, Aaron Neville, The Shirelles and Al Green.

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Otis Redding

  • Song: That's How Strong My Love Is
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1993

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Roxy Music

  • Song: Love Is The Drug
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  • Song: Love Is The Drug
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I Thought

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  • Song: I Thought
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Al Green

  • Song: Let's Stay Together
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JVC Compact Discs
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Bryan Ferry

  • Song: Make You Feel My Love
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Aaron Neville

  • Song: Tell It Like It Is
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The Shirelles

  • Song: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
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Reason Or Rhyme

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