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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 13, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: singer, composer, drummer

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One of the most unique and innovative artists in popular music for over 40 years, Peter Gabriel was a critically acclaimed singer and composer as well as a leading force in the advancement and dissemination of entertainment technology and a global force in the promotion of human rights. He gained initial fame as the singer for the English rock band Genesis, but attention over his complex, dreamlike songs and bizarre stage costumes forced him to part ways with them in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he reinvented himself as a solo performer with a string of deeply personal albums that combined the latest electronic production techniques with stirring world music beats; his 1986 album So made him a star with hits like "Sledgehammer" and "In Your Eyes." Gabriel used his new status to pursue more personal interests, including the promotion of human rights through Amnesty International, world music through WOMAD, and a myriad of technological innovations. His contributions to popular music and media, as well as his tireless championing of freedom for all people, made him among the most respected and influential figures in entertainment history.

One of the most unique and innovative artists in popular music for over 40 years, Peter Gabriel was a critically acclaimed singer and composer as well as a leading force in the advancement and dissemination of entertainment technology and a global force in the promotion of human rights. He gained initial fame as the singer for the English rock band Genesis, but attention over his complex, dreamlike songs and bizarre stage costumes forced him to part ways with them in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s and early 1990s, he reinvented himself as a solo performer with a string of deeply personal albums that combined the latest electronic production techniques with stirring world music beats; his 1986 album So made him a star with hits like "Sledgehammer" and "In Your Eyes." Gabriel used his new status to pursue more personal interests, including the promotion of human rights through Amnesty International, world music through WOMAD, and a myriad of technological innovations. His contributions to popular music and media, as well as his tireless championing of freedom for all people, made him among the most respected and influential figures in entertainment history.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Nusrat: A Voice from Heaven (1998) Himself
3.
 Recon (1996)
5.
 Sledgehammer (1991) Himself
6.
 New York Stories (1989) Himself ("Life Lessons")
9.
 45th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2003) Presenter
10.
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Began writing songs as a teenager, as well as performing as a drummer with rock and soul bands
1967:
Formed and led the rock group, Genesis (which included Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins); was also a vocalist and composer
1969:
Released debut album as lead singer, <i>From Genesis to Revelation</i>
1975:
Left Genesis after releasing their sixth album, and final with Gabriel, <i>The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway</i>; replaced by drummer Phil Collins
1977:
First film credit as a music performer, "All This and World War II"
1977:
First solo album, <i>Peter Gabriel</i>
1982:
Released the hit song "Shock the Monkey"
1984:
First song used in a feature film, "Walk Through the Fire" in "Against All Odds"
1984:
Composed the music for the film, "Birdy"
1986:
Released most successful album to date, <i>So</i>, which included "Sledgehammer" and the duet "Don't Give Up"
1989:
Released the album <i>Passion</i>, the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score
1989:
First film appearance as himself in the "Life Lessons" episode of "New York Stories"
1991:
Wrote the music for Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World"
1998:
Performed the Academy Award-nominated song "That'll Do" for the film "Babe: Pig in the City"; song written by Randy Newman
2002:
Wrote the music for the Australian movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score
2002:
Collaborated with daughter Melanie Gabriel on backing vocals for his <i>Us</i> tour
2008:
Contributed to the "WALL-E" soundtrack with several new songs; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for "Down to Earth"
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Notes

Explaining his interest in the music of Senegal and Brazil and this travels to those countries, Peter Gabriel has said: "Rhythm is the spine of music and it dictates the shape of the body that forms around it. Conventional rock rhythms tend to lead to conventional rock writing, which is why I look to other cultures for inspiration." (quoted in press material for "The Last Temptation of Christ")

He received the World Beat Album of the Year Award and the World Beat Musician of the Year Award from "Down Beat" (1990)

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companion:
Roseanna Arquette. Actor. No longer together.

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