This week it’s British music icon Peter Gabriel. He rose to fame in the 1970s as lead singer and concept artist to prog rock band “Genesis”. He left the band in 1975 to pursue a solo career and was replaced (somewhat reluctantly at first) by their drummer Phil Collins.
As a solo artist he has had 10 top forty hits including 4 top 10s. He first charted at number 13 in 1977 with “Solsbury Hill” when he followed up with “Games Without Frontiers” which got to number 4. His major breakthrough came with “Sledgehammer” in 1986 (of more later).
He went on to champion world music, founded his own record label, and has been involved in humanitarian causes and benefit concerts and co-founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts Dance).
He has received many prestigious awards for both his music and his humanitarian work including three BRITs, six Grammys, thirteen MTV video awards, first “Pioneer” award at the BT Digital Music awards, Lifetime achievement” from the Ivor Norvello and Q awards, icon award at the British Music Industry awards and “Man of Peace” award from the Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
“Sledgehammer” reached number 4 in 1986. It won a record nine awards at the 1987 MTV video awards! The video was groundbreaking and is the most played video in the history of MTV.
It’s so well known that I’ve decided not choose that video here (it can be found easily!) but concentrate on the song which in itself is a masterpiece of 80s production.
(Uploaded to YouTube by fendergibsonsounds)
“Steam” reached number 10 in 1993.
(Uploaded to YouTube by Edifice5151)
My favourite of his “Big Time” reached number 13 in 1987 and has already been featured on this blog Here