Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

English musician.
Date of Birth: 13.02.1950
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel, an English musician, was born on February 13, 1950. His career began in the mid-1960s when he was still a schoolboy, experimenting with playing drums in various rock and soul bands. In 1966, Peter and his classmates formed the precursor to the famous progressive rock band "Genesis". He spent about ten years with the band, but unexpectedly announced his departure when they were at the peak of their success after the release of "Selling England by the Pound" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".

Peter Gabriel

From 1977 onwards, Peter embarked on a solo career, with his first four albums all titled "Peter Gabriel". His debut work achieved moderate success and gained recognition mainly due to the single "Solsbury Hill". The second album, produced by Robert Fripp, had a more experimental character, which limited the enthusiasm surrounding its release. However, the breakthrough came with his third album, which was a big success in both England and the United States. Notable compositions from this album included "Games Without Frontiers" with its mysterious choirs, and the political protest song "Biko" dedicated to anti-apartheid activist Stephen Bantu Biko. As a result of this song, all of Gabriel's works were banned in South Africa.

Peter Gabriel

In 1980, Peter founded the festival "WOMAD (World of Music, Art & Dance)" where artists from all over the world gathered to showcase traditional and contemporary music. After releasing his fourth album, "Peter Gabriel", in 1982, featuring the hit "Shock the Monkey", Gabriel took a four-year hiatus from producing studio albums. During this time, he released the live album "Plays Live" and the soundtrack for Alan Parker's film "Birdy". Additionally, Gabriel started his own record label, "Real World Records".

Gabriel made a comeback in 1986 with his most commercially successful album, "So". The song "Sledgehammer", supported by a successful music video, became a transatlantic hit, closely followed by "Big Time" and "In Your Eyes". "So" reached the second position on the charts and earned Gabriel his first Grammy award. Taking advantage of the album's success, Peter embarked on two charitable tours (with Sting and U2) to support the organization "Amnesty International".

In 1989, Gabriel released the album "Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ", which consisted of instrumental tracks featured in Martin Scorsese's film. This was followed by the compilation album "Shaking the Tree", and his new studio work was released in 1992, titled "Us". "Us" received positive reviews, reached platinum status, and finished in second place on the Billboard charts. In the spring of 1993, Gabriel embarked on a global world tour, which resulted in the release of the double live album "Secret World Live".

In the following years, Peter focused on his record label and also worked on various multimedia projects. As the English prepared to welcome the new millennium, Gabriel was invited to participate in a show on the central square of London. In 2000, he released the album "OVO" featuring the music that was performed at the event. A couple of years later, Gabriel released another soundtrack album, "Long Walk Home".

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