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by Peter Gallai
Peter Gallai (1953 to 2019) was a Hungarian keyboardist, composer and singer. Peter Gallai was born on October 5th 1953 in Budapest, Hungary. He founded his first amateur band in 1971 before graduating from the Vienna Konservatorium Budapest in 1974. He then played for a short while as part of the 'Nautilus' band, before joining 'Piramis' in 1974 on keyboards. That band had formed in 1973 through founding members Istvan Bertodi, Peter Gabor, Lajos Som, Janos Toth, Bela Toth and Bela Szigeti, and they released their first album in 1997, a self-titled affair which would mark the beginning of a long-running and very successful recording career lasting more than 30 years. Some members would come and go, including Gallai, but the band's propensity for staying near the top of the charts in its native land would be consistent throughout the decades. Leaving 'Piramis' initially in 1982, he later became a member of 'Favagoknak', then joined the group 'Bikini' before returning to the line-up of 'Piramis' in the new millennium. In 2006, he and the band played a number of highly successful reunion shows, and the live full-length "Koncert 2006 Sportarena" LP was a Top Ten hit on the nation's album charts. During the 1980s, he had brought out two childrens' records - "KettosPont" with Krisztina Kovats and "Alice Csodaorszagban" with Peter Fabri - and also co-wrote the 'rock' opera "Kolumbusz" which premiered in 1992. Peter Gallai died in his sleep at home in Budapest on September 16th 2019, aged 65. [ Translated from: ]
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Posted: 21st October 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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