Peter Gabriel

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13 February 1950, Cobham, Surrey, England. After seven years fronting Genesis, Gabriel tired of the extensive touring and band format and went solo in 1975. Until the release of 1983’s Plays Live, his solo albums for Charisma Records were all called Peter Gabriel. His 1977 debut included the track ‘Solsbury Hill’, a metaphorical account of his split from Genesis, which made the Top 20 in the UK. The album charted in the UK Top 10 and the Billboard Top 40 and Gabriel began his solo touring career in the USA, expressing a nervousness of facing his home country audiences. Unlike his earlier extravagant, theatrical presentations, he favoured minimalism and often played shows in a plain boiler suit. Robert Fripp was brought in as producer for the second album, which made the UK Top 10. The album contained chiefly introspective, experimental music, but healthy sales figures were encouraging. However, Atlantic Records refused to distribute his third album...

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