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This Week In Music History Feb 12-25

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The week in music history brought to you by MusicGoldmine.com.

Just a couple of highlights from this week in music history!

Peter Gabriel

FEB 13: 

Happy birthday to Peter Gabriel, born today in 1950! The English singer-songwriter, musician, and humanitarian rose to prominence as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. Gabriel embarked on a successful solo career after leaving Genesis in 1975.
As a solo artist, Peter Gabriel has released several critically acclaimed albums, known for their innovative soundscapes, thought-provoking lyrics, and groundbreaking use of technology in music production and performance. His self-titled debut album, released in 1977, featured the hit single "Solsbury Hill" and established him as a solo artist to watch.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Gabriel continued to release influential albums, including "Peter Gabriel" (1980), also known as "Melt," "Security" (1982), "So" (1986), and "Us" (1992). These albums spawned numerous hits such as "Games Without Frontiers," "Shock the Monkey," "Sledgehammer," and "In Your Eyes."
Gabriel's music is characterized by its eclectic blend of rock, pop, world music, and electronic elements, as well as his distinctive and emotive vocal delivery. He is also known for his groundbreaking music videos and live performances, which often incorporate multimedia elements and innovative stage design.
In addition to his musical career, Peter Gabriel is a committed activist and humanitarian, advocating for various social and political causes, including human rights, environmental conservation, and global peace. He has used his platform to raise awareness and support for these issues through his music and philanthropic work, earning him widespread respect and admiration beyond the realm of music.

Smokey Robinson

FEB 19: 

Happy birthday to Smokey Robinson, born today in 1940! The legendary singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive is best known for his role as the founder and frontman of the Motown group The Miracles, as well as for his successful solo career. Robinson's smooth tenor voice, songwriting prowess, and distinctive falsetto have made him an icon of R&B and soul music.
As the lead singer of The Miracles, Robinson delivered a string of hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including classics like "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," and "The Tracks of My Tears." He also penned many of the group's songs, demonstrating his talent as a songwriter.
In his solo career, Robinson continued to achieve success with hits like "Cruisin'," "Being with You," and "Just to See Her." His influence extends beyond his own performances, as he has written and produced songs for other Motown artists, further cementing his legacy in the music industry. Robinson's contributions have earned him numerous awards and accolades, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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