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Moby has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and hardly anyone knows him by his legal name, Richard Melville Hall. Yet, he is one of the most influential American musicians in the past 25 years and has been nominated five times for a Grammy Award. But, refer to Hall by his stage name and then it becomes clear how far this former restaurant owner and waiter's techno-beat and dance music influence has spread. Moby's biography begins when he was born in New York in 1965. His father was a chemistry teacher; his mother a medical secretary. The nickname Moby was bestowed upon him by his parents because they said Herman Melville -- author of "Moby Dick" -- is a distant relative. His first album, "Everything Is Wrong" won critical acclaim and was a portent of things to come from his techno-pop, brilliant mind. While the album lacked commercial success, it did earn Album of the Year accolades. It wasn't until his fifth studio album "Play" that Moby entered the stratosphere of international superstardom with his music. Released in mid-1999, "Play" sold 6,000 copies the first week. By the first of the year, "Play" overtook the airwaves and ended up selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. In 2002, Moby followed that success with another chartbuster "18". More than 5 million copies were sold worldwide, solidifying Moby as one of the most popular American artists in the world. In his most recent efforts, "Destroyed" and "Innocents", Moby has turned more toward an acoustic sound. The genius of Moby has been recognized by numerous other artists who have sought his input and sound on their albums. He has worked with likes of Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses, Outkast and Daft Punk. He also has worked with famed director David Lynch, and his music has been incorporated in such moves as The Bourne Identity, Heat and Scream. Moby's influence goes beyond the sound of his electronic music. He is a noted vegan and ardent supporter of animal rights. He published a book, "Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety" (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat) in 2010. He also is a photographer and has been snapping a shutter since he was 10.