Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel
Song Title: Solsbury Hill
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Date of release: 1977
Description: ” Solsbury Hill ” is by Peter Gabriel ( Peter Brian Gabriel ), English singer-songwriter, musician and original lead singer with progressive rock band Genesis.
The song was written and performed by Peter Gabriel. Production for the single was by Bob Ezrin, who is better known for his work with artists such as Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple.
” Solsbury Hill ” was released in 1978 in the United Kingdom by Charisma Records and 1979 in the United States by Atco Records. The song was taken as Peter’s debut single from his first solo Album ” Peter Gabriel “.
The song is built using a simple guitar riff and is autobiographical, Peter broke from Genesis and set out on a solo path, lyrically it deals with the challenges that he faced, it can also be taken in a much broader sense. Peter himself explained about what the song meant ” It’s about being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get… It’s about letting go “.
The song begins with the lyric ” Climbing up on Solsbury Hill “. Solsbury Hill ( Sometimes known as Little Solsbury Hill ) was the site of an Iron Age fort that rises above the village of Batheaston in Somerset, England.
Peter was walking in the area in 1977 and came across the hill, he climbed and upon reaching the summit he had a spiritual experience that he claims was so profound he felt the need to write ” Solsbury Hill “.
It has been reported that the inspiration for the song came from Peter seeing Bruce Springsteen’s first gig in London. Peter has stated that it’s just a myth and there is no connection.
Although Peter did originally intend to leave the song off the Album, he later decided not only to include it but release it as a single.
” Solsbury Hill ” was a commercial success, in the United States the song peaked at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent a total of 8 weeks on there.
Outside of the United States the song peaked at number 16 in Germany, 13 in the Netherlands and 17 in Belgium. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 9th of April 1977 and reached a peak of number 13. The song spent 5 weeks in the top twenty and a total of 9 weeks on the UK chart.
A cover version of ” Solsbury Hill ” was released by Erasure, the British synthpop duo. Their cover version reached number 10 in the United Kingdom, spending 1 week in the top ten and a total of 3 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 68
UK Highest Chart Position: 13
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 16, Netherlands 13, Belgium 17
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