David Gilmour Biography
Born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, ENGLAND, David Gilmour is best known
among fans for his characteristically atmospheric guitar work for Pink
Floyd; he and Syd Barrett met as children and later, whilst studying
at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, began playing guitar
together. Gilmour was asked to augment the Pink
Floyd line-up as the singer and guitarist in 1967, only for Barrett
to leave the group five gigs later, struggling with mental illness.
Gilmour's guitar playing and songwriting became major factors of Floyd's worldwide success during the '70s, including his distinctive vocals and guitar playing on "Dark Side Of The Moon", the third most successful album of all time.
As a side-project, he released his first solo album, an eponymous affair,
in the spring of 1978; the record reached the #29 slot on the U.S. Top
200 LPs & Tapes list and also charted in Britain.
His second solo effort, "About Face", was released in March 1984; it cracked the top 20 in the U.K. and peaked at #32 on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart while the single "Blue Light" hit #62 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Gilmour assumed control of Pink Floyd
in 1985, after Roger Waters' departure,
creating "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason", the band's first album
in four years, with Nick Mason and Rick Wright. "The Division Bell"
followed in 1994.
In July 2005, Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a one-off performance at Live8 in London's Hyde Park, which was regarded by many as the highlight of an astonishing show.
"On An Island", the third David Gilmour album and the artist's first studio recordings since Floyd's 1994 multi-platinum "The Division Bell", was released in early March 2006.