Singer reveals that country legend was his first choice for iconic single

Peter Gabriel has revealed that Dolly Parton was his first choice to sing on his classic single ‘Don’t Give Up’ – and that Kate Bush was only drafted in as her replacement.

In an interview with The Quietus, the former Genesis singer admitted that he had originally asked Parton to contribute vocals for the track, which was released in 1986, but she had turned his offer down.

However, Gabriel – who has re-recorded the single with singer Ane Brun for his forthcoming album ‘New Blood’, which is released on October 10 – said he was “glad” that Bush had ended up taking singing duties for the track instead of the country legend.

“There’s an interesting story about this song,” he said. “Because there was a reference of America roots music in it when I first wrote it, it was suggested that Dolly Parton sing on it.”

He went on to add:

But Dolly turned it down… and I’m glad that she did because what Kate did on it is… brilliant.

Gabriel’s new album ‘New Blood’ follows his 2010 covers record ‘Scratch My Back’, and sees a host of Gabriel’s classic tracks reimagined but minus guitar, bass and drums.

Kate Bush, meanwhile, will release her new studio LP ’50 Words For Snow’ on November 21. The album, which is made up of just seven tracks but is 65 minutes in length, will be her 10th studio record.