This Day in Music 06.03.2016
David Gilmour was born in Cambridge, England, UK, on 6 March 1946.
In 1954 he bought his first single, Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock . His enthusiasm for music was stirred the following year by Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, and later Bye Bye Love by the Everly Brothers piqued his interest in guitar. At age 11, Gilmour began attending the Perse School on Hills Road, Cambridge, where he met Syd Barrett and Roger Waters who attended another school which was also situated on Hills Road.
David Gilmour and Roger 'Syd' Barrett began playing guitar together. In 1965 Syd joined Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason to form Pink Floyd, while David continued playing with a succession of his own bands travelling to Spain and France, unfortunately without any success. During his stay in London in mid-1967 he watched Pink Floyd record See Emily Play and was shocked to find that Barrett did not seem to recognise him.
In late December 1967, drummer Nick Mason approached Gilmour and asked him if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd. He accepted and soon afterward became their fifth member.
After Barrett's departure, Gilmour sang much of Pink Floyd's lead vocals. After the successes of The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, Waters took greater control of the band, writing and singing lead on most of Animals and The Wall.
In 1978, David released his first solo album, David Gilmour, which charted in the UK and the US. His second solo album, About Face, was released in 1984. David assumed control of Pink Floyd in 1985, after Roger Waters' departure, creating the new Floyd album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason with Richard Wright and Nick Mason. It was followed in 1994 by The Division Bell, which contained the instrumental Marooned, composed by David and Richard Wright, for which Pink Floyd won their sole Grammy Award.
In 1996, Pink Floyd were inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, followed by the same honour in the UK in November 2005.
In 2005, David was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to music. In July 2005, Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a one-off performance at Live 8 in London's Hyde Park. On March 2006 David released his third solo album,On An Island. In May 2008, he was awarded an 'Ivor' for Lifetime Achievement by the British Association of Composers and Songwriters. In September 2008, Fender Guitars made available their David Gilmour Signature Black Strat model, in 'Relic' and 'New Old Stock' models.
In September 2014 Pink Floyd released The Endless River, and David confirmed that it would be the band's final album: it topped the charts in over 20 countries. David then returned to working on his forthcoming album Rattle That Lock, released worldwide on September 2015.
“Jimi Hendrix isn't as good as me” [David Gilmour]