The band's fortunes were greatly increased by the support of broadcaster John Peel and Melody Maker journalist Richard Williams.
Williams became an enthusiastic fan after meeting Ferry and being given a demonstration tape during mid-1971, and wrote the first major article on the band, featured on Melody Maker's "Horizons" page in the edition of 7 August 1971.
Before long Eno was an official member of the group.
When founding drummer Dexter Lloyd, a classically trained timpanist, left the band, an advertisement was placed in Melody Maker saying "wonder drummer wanted for an avant rock group".
Ferry frequently enlisted members of Roxy Music as session musicians for his solo releases.
Roxy Music attained popular and critical success in Europe and Australia during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their debut album, Roxy Music (1972).
advertised for a keyboard player to collaborate with him and Graham Simpson, a bass player he knew from his Newcastle art college band, the Gas Board, and with whom he collaborated on his first songs.
In early 1970 Ferry had auditioned as lead singer for King Crimson, who were seeking a replacement for Greg Lake. Andy Mackay replied to Ferry's advertisement, not as a keyboard player but a saxophonist and oboist, though he did have a VCS3 synthesizer.They also provided a model for many new wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s.The group was distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamour.However, Manzanera did not initially make the band as a guitarist; the successful applicant was David O'List, former guitarist with The Nice.The group were impressed enough with Manzanera that he was invited to become Roxy Music's roadie, an offer which he accepted.When O'List didn't show up for the next rehearsal, Manzanera was asked to come along, on the pretext of becoming the band's sound mixer.