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Pete Hits A Big Time Birthday


Singer, songwriter and music producer Peter Gabriel is 70 on the 13th of February.

Peter learnt piano as a youngster and wrote his first song at age 12.

His first group was a jazz band and in '65 he formed rock band Garden Wall with school mate Tony Banks on keyboards.

After they disbanded, he was invited to work on a demo with fellow students Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips.

Their first releases as Genesis, the single The Silent Sun and the album From Genesis to Revelation, did not chart.

By their third album, Phillips had left, with guitarist Steve Hackett and drummer Phil Collins joining and Nursery Cryme just broke into the top 40.

The band released six studio albums with Peter before he left in August '75 and Phil Collins took over on vocals.

His first solo single Solsbury Hill was a hit as was his self titled debut album.

Peter's next three album were all called just Peter Gabriel and contained the hits Games Without Frontiers, Biko and Shock The Monkey.

In '86 he had his biggest hit with Sledgehammer and a great video which won a record nine awards at the MTV Music Video Awards.

His fifth album So also contained the hits Big Time, In Your Eyes, Red Rain and the duet with Kate Bush, Don't Give Up.

From the 90's to now Pete's biggest hit was Steam in '92 from his album Us.

In the past thirty years Peter has only released four studio albums but regular radio airplay has kept his music well and try alive.

Peter Gabriel has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 2010 as a member of Genesis and in 2014 as a solo artist.

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