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David Gilmour

David Gilmour gained international fame for his incisive, atmospheric guitar work and vocals with Pink Floyd, and eventually became theleader of the group during their late period as well as pursuing a successful solo career and working with some of the most respected namesin British rock. Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England on March 6, 1946; his parents were both involved in education -- his father was alecturer in Zoology at Cambridge University and his mother was a teacher -- and as a schoolboy, Gilmour struck up a friendship with a boywho attended the same grade school, Roger Barret ...read more

David Gilmour gained international fame for his incisive, atmospheric guitar work and vocals with Pink Floyd, and eventually became theleader of the group during their late period as well as pursuing a successful solo career and working with some of the most respected namesin British rock. Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England on March 6, 1946; his parents were both involved in education -- his father was alecturer in Zoology at Cambridge University and his mother was a teacher -- and as a schoolboy, Gilmour struck up a friendship with a boywho attended the same grade school, Roger Barrett, who later gained the nickname Syd. Gilmour became re-acquainted with Barrett whilethey were studying at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology; both were interested in music and began learning to play guitar intheir spare time, as did Barrett's friend Roger Waters. In 1963, Gilmour joined a rock group, Jokers Wild, which specialized in R&B covers; in1965, he and Barrett took the summer off and spent several months busking and traveling through France, though the adventure didn't payoff financially. After returning to England, Gilmour played with a group called Flowers for a while, as well as a revamped version of Jokers Wildcalled Bullitt; meanwhile, Barrett and Waters teamed up with Rick Wright and Nick Mason to form a group called the Tea Set, which was laterrenamed Pink Floyd. In 1967, Pink Floyd was the toast of London's burgeoning psychedelic scene on the strength of the singles "ArnoldLayne" and "See Emily Play," and the album Piper at the Gates Of Dawn. However, Barrett had become increasingly unstable, sometimesbecoming catatonic on-stage or playing different songs than his bandmates, and as his ability to perform was compromised, Gilmour wasinvited to join the group to help with guitar and vocals when Barrett was having trouble. However, after a few shows it became evident thatGilmour's presence wasn't enough to rescue Barrett, and the group's leader was let go as Gilmour became the band's new lead guitarist bydefault, and he would produce and play on Barrett's two solo albums before he retired from music.

Gilmour made his recording debut with Pink Floyd on 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, and over the next several years, the group's soundevolved from pop-friendly psychedelic to ambitious progressive and experimental rock. Gilmour's guitar became a key part of Pink Floyd'saural signature, and he played a larger role in the group's songwriting; their evolving approach culminated with 1973's The Dark Side of theMoon, which became a massive international hit and firmly established them as one of the biggest British acts of the day. Pink Floyd'ssuccess continued with 1975's Wish You Were Here, but as Waters began to dominate the group's songwriting and conceptualizing, Gilmourbegan looking for other opportunities to express himself. He'd already made guest appearances on albums by Roy Harper and Hawkwind, andduring the recording of 1977's Animals, Gilmour began work on his first solo album, released in 1978 simply as David Gilmour. In 1978, healso produced Kate Bush's debut album, The Kick Inside, and he contributed guitar work to Wings' 1979 release Back to the Egg. 1979'sThe Wall became another massive success for Pink Floyd, and Gilmour co-wrote the stand-out track "Comfortably Numb," but tensionswithin the group grew during the recording of the album -- Rick Wright was fired during the sessions -- and after the long sessions whichproduced 1983's The Final Cut, Pink Floyd briefly fell apart.

Following the band's splintering, Gilmour released his second solo album, 1984's About Face, and he lent his talents as a guitarist to anumber of projects, including albums by Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Pete Townshend, and Supertramp, and produced the debut album forthe Dream Academy. Waters made his solo debut with 1984's The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, and he filed a lawsuit to dissolve the PinkFloyd's legal partnership. However, the court found in favor of Gilmour and Nick Mason, and in 1987, Gilmour became Pink Floyd's newleader and principal songwriter as he relaunched the band with the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Pink Floyd supported the albumwith a successful extended tour -- their first since a small handful of elaborate shows following The Wall -- and a live album from the shows,A Delicate Sound of Thunder, was released in 1988. After coming off the road, Gilmour stayed busy with session work, making guestappearances with acts as diverse as Warren Zevon and Elton John, while writing material for the next Pink Floyd effort. While a few newpieces appeared on 1992's La Carrera Panamerica, a video documenting Gilmour and Nick Mason's participation in an auto race in Mexico(both collect vintage sports cars), Pink Floyd's next full album, The Division Bell, didn't appear until 1994. Once again, a major internationaltour followed the new studio effort, and on many dates they performed The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, along with other materialfrom their catalog; one such concert was documented on the 1995 live album Pulse. An archival album drawn from Pink Floyd'sperformances of The Wall in 1980 and 1981 appeared in 2000, but no new material appeared. Gilmour reunited with Waters, Mason, andWright for a one-off Pink Floyd performance at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London (a benefit to promote solutions to global poverty), but theband turned down lucrative offers for a new tour, and in 2006, Gilmour told reporters that Pink Floyd was not likely to record or performagain, saying "I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. For me, it's much less complicated to work alone." Gilmour performed a criticallylauded series of acoustic shows in London in 2002, and in 2006 he released a new solo album, On an Island. The album was followed with amajor concert tour; Gilmour's London concert was videotaped for a 2007 DVD release, Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall,while a show at the Gdansk shipyards with a full orchestra appeared on the 2008 album Live in Gdansk. In 2010, Gilmour teamed up withacclaimed ambient electronic act the Orb for a collaborative album, Metallic Spheres. When not busy with music, he devotes much of histime to charitable causes, and when he put his London home on the market in 2003, he donated the 3.6 million pounds realized from the saleto Crisis, a group benefiting the homeless. « hide

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LPs
On An Island
2006

3.7
202 Votes
About Face
1984

3.2
77 Votes
David Gilmour
1978

3.7
99 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Gdansk
2008

4.3
46 Votes
Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
2007

4.5
27 Votes
David Gilmour in Concert
2002

3.8
10 Votes

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