David Gilmour was born in Cambridge on March 6, 1946. As a child, David Gilmour grew up listening to the likes of Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets and Jailhouse Rock. During his time as a student at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, the young David Gilmour first met future Pink Floyd founder, Syd Barrett. The pair became good friends and spent their lunchtimes in the college’s art department playing Beatles and Stones riffs.
Between 1963 and 1966, David Gilmour played in a number of bands and had a variety of odd jobs including a fashion model and a van driver. In 1967, David Gilmour was invited by Syd Barrett to the Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, London to see Pink Floyd record their second single, See Emily Play.
During this time, Syd Barrett's mental health began to decline due to excess drug testing. After Pink Floyd's first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, David Gilmour was approached by Floyd drummer, Nick Mason to replace Barrett. Thus, the second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, featured both David Gilmour and Barrett.
The next Pink Floyd album was the daring Ummagumma, which featured David Gilmour's first try at lyric writing and some stunning guitar work, including his song, The Narrow Way.
This was followed by a productive period that saw the band experiment and David Gilmour grow as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During this period, Pink Floyd recorded the soundtrack, More in 1970 the very psychedelic Atom Heart Mother and Meddle, in 1971 as well as compilation album, Relics in 1971 and Obscured By Clouds in 1972.
It was the next album, Dark Side Of The Moon in 1973, which was to be the biggest success of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour's career. The album, which was originally going to be called Eclipse, spent 294 weeks on the U.K album charts and over 1,000 weeks on the U.S Billboard chart, selling in excess of 23 million copies worldwide.
To this day, it remains the biggest selling album by a British band. David Gilmour highlights comprise the solos on Money and Time.
The next album, Wish You Were Here (1975) contained one of Gilmour's finest works, Shine On You Crazy Diamond. This was written for his old college friend and band founder, Syd Barrett, who, ironically, turned up at Abbey Road studios in London as it was being recorded. Gilmour has never seen him since.
In 1977, Pink Floyd recorded Animals, which the critics greeted with a mixed reception and featured some outstanding guitar work from David Gilmour.
In 1978, David Gilmour released his first solo album, David Gilmour, and worked as a producer on Kate Bush's landmark album, The Kick Inside.
The hugely winning album The Wall followed in 1979. During this time, tensions within Pink Floyd were becoming intolerable and after the album was released, keyboard player Rick Wright left the group, leaving David Gilmour and Roger Waters to fight it out.
The following year saw the release of David Gilmour's second solo album, About Face, accompanied by a world tour from March to July of 1984 and an appearance with Bryan Ferry at Live Aid in July 1985.
David Gilmour finally won the right to use the Pink Floyd name after Roger Waters had left the band. This led to their first album as a trio, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason in 1987. The newly invigorated Pink Floyd toured the world thereafter and released a live album and video, The Delicate Sound Of Thunder in 1989 to an enormous worldwide acclaim.
Following a long spell, the Pink Floyd released their next studio album, The Division Bell in 1994 followed by a live album, Pulse in 1995.
David Gilmour did a small acoustic tour in 2001, which was released as a DVD/VHS in October 2002.
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