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David Gilmour
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David Gilmour

David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born March 6, 1946) is the guitarist with UK band Pink Floyd and has also released solo material and collaborated with others. Following the departure of Roger Waters in the mid-eighties, Gilmour effectively assumed control of the band.

He was born in Cambridge, England and grew up in Grantchester Meadows. Gilmour was educated in a Waldorf School, and for many years was a poster figure for those schools. However, he has described his education there as "horrific".

Gilmour met Syd Barrett when attending Cambridge's College of Arts and Technology, though he was not a member of the original Pink Floyd line-up. Gilmour's first successful group was Joker's Wild for whom he started playing in 1963. The band changed its name to Flowers in 1967, the same year the group disbanded and Gilmour formed Bullitt. Gilmour joined Pink Floyd on January of the preceding year. Barrett left the group only months later and Gilmour assumed the role of the band's lead singer and guitarist.

Gilmour released his first, eponymous, solo album in the spring on 1978. One of the tunes he wrote at the time, but didn't use, evolved to become the Pink Floyd classic Comfortably Numb. Gilmour released his second solo album, About Face, in 1984.

Roger Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, assuming that Pink Floyd would completely disband without him. Instead, Gilmour assumed full control and created A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Gilmour explained:

"I had a number of problems with the direction of the band in our recent past, before Roger left. I thought the songs were very wordy and that, because the specific meanings of those words were so important, the music became a mere vehicle for lyrics, and not a very inspiring one... Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here were so successful not just because of Roger's contributions, but also because there was a better balance between the music and the lyrics than there has been in more recent albums. That's what I'm trying to do with 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason' more focus on the music, restore the balance."

In 2002, he held a small number of acoustic solo concerts in London and Paris, along with a small band and choir, which has been documented on the In Concert release.

During Pink Floyd's quiet spells, he has amused himself as a session musican, producer and even concert sound engineer, for a wide variety of acts including some pseudonymous novelty releases and Roy Harper, Kate Bush, The Dream Academy, Grace Jones, Arcadia, Bryan Ferry, Robert Wyatt, Hawkwind, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Propaganda, Pete Townshend, The Who, various charity "supergroups" and many more.

While not a fast player, Gilmour is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He is especially renowned for a very precise, "bendy" kind of soloing, as well as various "violin-type" sounds and screams. He has been an innovator in the use of guitar sound effects. Many also consider him to be underrated, as he is not often compared with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

In 1996 Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Pink Floyd. In November 2003, he was made a CBE.

He is also an experienced pilot.


- Bob Ezrin (co-producer of The Wall) - David Gilmour - Rock Compact Disc magazine - September 1992 - David Gilmour - Sounds "Guitar Heroes" Magazine, May 1983

Solo Albums by David Gilmour