Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel



” 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 explained 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 initially 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 sixty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a total of eight weeks on the chart there.
Outside of the United States, the single peaked at number sixteen in Germany, thirteen in the Netherlands and seventeen in Belgium.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 9th of April 1977 and reached a peak of number thirteen. The song spent five weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
A cover version of ” Solsbury Hill ” was released by Erasure, the British synthpop duo. Their cover version reached number ten in the United Kingdom, spending one week in the Top Ten and a total of three 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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