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Peter Gabriel

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Born Peter Brian Gabriel, 13 February 1950, in Chobham, Surrey, UK, PG is an English musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and activist. He rose to fame as founder member of, and original lead singer of Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, he launched a successful solo career with Solsbury Hill as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album's most successful single, Sledgehammer, won a record 9 MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and, according to a report in 2011, it was MTV's most played music video of all time.

Gabriel has won 3 Brit Awards — Best British Male in 1987, 6 Grammy Awards, 13 MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize. He was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize laureates in 2006, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Gabriel has been described as “one of rock's most ambitious, innovative musicians”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014. In March 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Australia in recognition of his achievements in music.


Ben Gibbard

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Born Benjamin Gibbard, 11 August, 1976, in Bremerton, Washington, USA, BG is a musician and singer-songwriter who has been associated with several indie rock bands. He is frontman and principal songwriter for Death Cab For Cutie, noted for its use of unusual instruments as well as Gibbard's unique lyrical style. He released his first solo album Former Lives in 2012.


Meredith Godreau

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MG is a musician and singer-songwriter who performs as Gregory and the Hawk. She plays accordion, piano, clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, harp and guitar, and writes gentle, melodic, folky songs. Originally from Medfield, MA, Godreau moved to Potsdam, NY when she was twelve. She took the pseudonym Gregory and the Hawk in 2003 to avoid being pigeonholed as a singer-songwriter, despite citing her influences as Nick Drake, Liz Phair and PJ Harvey. (The name was derived from her brother, Gregory, and his imaginary childhood hawk.) She has released five albums and several EPs.


Graham Gouldman

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Born 10 May 1946 in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, UK. GG is an English songwriter and musician, who has been a long-time member of British band 10cc. Established a reputation as a hit songwriter in the 1960s, where he wrote numerous hits for other artists e.g. Bus Stop and Heart Full of Soul.


Peter Green

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Born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, in Bethnal Green, London. PG is a blues-rock guitarist and founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Green's playing was marked with idiomatic string bending and vibrato. He inspired B B King to comment: "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." PG’s songs have been covered by Santana, Aerosmith, Midge Ure and Tom Petty. He was inducted into The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.


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