Peter Schillingwas born as Pierre Michael Schilling, on January 28, 1956, in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a German synthpop musician and his music is often about science fiction themes such as aliens, astronauts, nuclear holocausts, and so on. He released an album in 1983 called, Error In the System, and from it came his only international hit single, which was called, Major Tom Coming Home. The song was a recoup of the David Bowieís classic 1969 song called, Space Oddity. The original song was recorded in German but the hit version was done in English. Peter released the album 12D Grad, in 1984, and in 1985, he released 12D Gradís English version and called it, Things To Come. Between the years of 1986 and 1989, Peter released some singles and also released his 1989 compilation called, The Different Story.
Peter suffered from a burnout in 1990 so in 1991, he took a break. He married his girlfriend, Catyana, in 1994. He was back in the late 1990's and formed a project called, Space Pilots. This was a side project and it was successful in Japan. He separated from his wife in 2000, and in 2003, got a divorce from Catyana. Peter lives in Munich, Germany today.
Peter Schilling has had gold and platinum success with some of his recordings in Germany, the United States, Canada, Japan, France, and many other countries. Major Tom was a fictional astronaut which was created by David Bowie. Major Tom appears in the songs, Schilling, Mrs. Major Tom, by K. I. A., and it is believed that Elton Johnís, Rocket Man, may also be about Major Tom. Bowie had Major Tom in his release called, Ashes To Ashes, and Space Oddity. Then there was Peterís version called, Major Tom Coming Home.
Peter Schillingís career was short but very successful. He released a total of 18 albums, 33 singles, and has written 2 books. He has gained many fans and they will remember his work for many years. Peter has done the voiceover for the show, Future Stan, which is the German version of South Park. He served in the Army and has won many awards. Some of them were Goldene Europa, Goldene Stimmgabel, Goldener Lowe, as well as press and media awards. Who knows, he may not be finished yet. There may or may not be releases by him in the future. Only time will tell. Peter may be ready to retire and spend his time pursuing other interests.
Many artists only lasted a few years but not many of them were as successful as Peter Schilling was during his career. He definitely left his mark in the music industry and will be remembered by many.
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