David Gilmour
British musician
David Gilmour
David Jon Gilmour, CBE is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, who is the guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is estimated that as of 2010, the group have sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 74.5 million units sold in the United States. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist.
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Former Pink Floyd guitarist rocks Pompeii
Reuters.com - 8 months
Guitarist David Gilmour performs in Pompeii, returning to play at the ancient amphitheatre 45 years after filming Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. Sara Hemrajani reports.
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Music Review: Review: David Gilmour Lays Claim to Pink Floyd Memories
NYTimes - 11 months
At Madison Square Garden, Mr. Gilmour sang numbers from his latest album, “Rattle That Lock,” but the slow-tempo oldies were the audience favorites.
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Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour shines on at the United Center
Chicago Times - 11 months
David Gilmour was in a contemplative mood Monday at a packed United Center. The Pink Floyd legend, who appears Wednesday at the Auditorium Theatre before returning to the UC Friday on his first tour since 2006, took an unhurried approach at a concert loaded with musings on existence, death and...
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David Gilmour is a sound, not a sight, to behold at the Hollywood Bowl
LATimes - 11 months
As far as I could tell, the smoke machines never stopped Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, where David Gilmour played the first of two shows to begin a brief North American tour behind his recent solo album, "Rattle That Lock." And put on a show the Pink Floyd guitarist did: Beyond the thick...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of March 6-12
Yahoo News - 12 months
March 6: Actor Ben Murphy is 74. Singer Mary Wilson (The Supremes) is 72. Rock musician Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) is 71. Rock singer-musician David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is 70. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 69. Singer Kiki Dee is 69. Rock singer-musician Phil Alvin (The Blasters) is 63. Actor Tom Arnold is 57. Actor D.L. Hughley is 52. Country songwriter Skip Ewing is 52. Actress Connie Britton is 49. Actress Moira Kelly is 48. Actress Amy Pietz is 47. Rock musician Chris Broderick (Megadeth) is 46. Country singer Trent Willmon is 43. Country musician Shan Farmer (Ricochet) is 42. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 42. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 39. Rock musician Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend) is 32. Actor Eli Marienthal is 30. Actor Jimmy Galeota is 30. Rapper/producer Tyler, the Creator is 25. Actress Savannah Stehlin is 20.
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'Such A Perfect Fit': David Gilmour And Polly Samson On 20 Years Of Collaboration
NPR - over 1 year
Watch the striking, animated video for David Gilmour's "The Girl in the Yellow Dress," from his new album Rattle That Lock. The song features lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson. » EMail This
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Fall album preview: Top picks of the season in pop, rock and country
Chicago Times - over 1 year
The fall is always the busiest time of year for new recordings, and this year is no exception. Here's a preview of some of the more anticipated new releases: Rock David Gilmour, "Rattle that Lock" (Sept. 18): The Pink Floyd guitarist's fourth solo album includes lyrics by his wife, Polly Samson,...
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Gary Shteyngart Says Canadian Literature Is Boring, Then Apologizes Like A Canadian
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Only three months after a Canadian writer received the Nobel Prize for literature for the first time ever, one U.S. writer dismissed our literary traditions as boring. Russian-American author Gary Shteyngart, who served as a juror for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's premier book award, told New York magazine's Vulture blog this week: "Let me say this. I was the judge of a Canadian prize, and it’s subsidized, they all get grants. Out of a million entries, we found four or five really good ones, but people just don’t take the same damn risks! Maybe they want to please the Ontario Arts Council, or whatever it is." His remarks elicited an immediate reaction from book lovers across the country. In response to a tweet from the Globe and Mail's Books section, Shteyngart wrote "I was in a drunken stupor when I said that," showcasing his familiarity with Canadian stories (if not, perhaps, the kind we're most proud of). Since that interview was published Thursday, Shteyngart's ...
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Alice Munro vs. David Gilmour
Salon.com - over 3 years
This month's explosion of enthusiasm for Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win was matched only by the online ass-kicking that was visited on David Gilmour two weeks earlier -- and the two are not unconnected. Of course Canadians enjoy being recognized as "world class," the phrase that city halls from Toronto to Vancouver love to trot out at every opportunity. And apparently we don't care how we get the nod. A Nobel Prize winner or a local twit's musings reported in Gawker and The Guardian are greeted with equal, tweeting excitement. Continue Reading...
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Name-Callers, Deniers and Writer Sexism: Which Side Are You On, Guys?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. --Khaled Hosseini A few questions: Why do some folks get in such an uproar when women simply ask for a fair shake, equal footing? Why does anyone think women writers are exempt from institutional sexism? The Mad Men era was not long ago. The 19th amendment to the constitution, giving women the right to vote, was only ratified in 1920. Help Wanted ads were segregated by gender into the '70s. Why are folks surprised when women don't find screenwriter Seth MacFarlane satirical when he dismisses the breathtaking film The Accused, in which Jodie Foster plays the victim of a horrific gang rape, by bragging that he got a look at a Foster's breasts? Rage against incidents like this is comes out time and again -- so why do male writers who insult women writers continue to act surprised when there's a backlash? Why do they then blame their words on (choose one) the interviewer, the women-wit ...
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David Gilmour's Comments On Women Writers Defended By Women
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Two women columnists have come to the defence of embattled author and teacher David Gilmour. In the National Post and Toronto Star respectively, Barbara Kay and Rondi Adamson find fault with Canada and Canadian writers for the firestorm over Gilmour's comments about not teaching the works of women or gay men to his students at the University of Toronto. While Kay writes that she has personally been the victim of Gilmour's penchant for being patronizing and pretentious, but that he has a point when it comes to women writers and, particularly, Canadian women writers. The Canadian literary scene, in particular, is dominated by women. Women readers buy and read more novels than men. And what most women readers want is women’s-issues and women’s sensibilities-dominated books. I can easily see how a serious lover of literature, even a pretentious one, would find most Canadian literature by women that is gushed and Giller-ed over, however finely workshopped the prose, pretty slow-paced ...
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Defending David Gilmour, sort of
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
In perhaps one of the greater examples of “first world problems”, the country is now seriously engaged in nitpicking apart a University of Toronto English course’s syllabus for signs of political incorrectness.
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David Gilmour, Canadian Professor And Author, Isn't Interested In Teaching Books By Women
Huffington Post - over 3 years
You might expect more from someone at an institute of higher learning. An award-winning author and literature professor at the University of Toronto has ignited controversy by saying he's "not interested in teaching books by women ." "I say I don't love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall," professor David Gilmour said in an interview with online magazine Hazlitt, which is run by Random House. "What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys," Gilmour continued. "F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys." Gilmour, 63, acknowledges that he teaches a short story by Virginia Woolf, who is "the only writer that interests me as a woman writer." But otherwise, he maintains that he only teaches writers he "truly, truly love[s]" -- and those happen (with the exception of Woolf) to be men. The backlash to Gilmour's statements was swift. Perhaps predictably, his remarks triggered an outpouring of criticism on Twitter, including ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Gilmour
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 68
    Gabriel performed piano on the song "In Any Tongue" on the 2015 album Rattle That Lock, making his recording debut.
    More Details Hide Details Gilmour is Godfather to actress Naomi Watts, whose father Peter Watts was a Pink Floyd roadie during the 1970s. Gilmour lives with his family on a farm near Wisborough Green, Sussex, and also has a home at Hove. He also spends time at his recording studio houseboat Astoria near Hampton Court. Gilmour is an experienced pilot and aviation enthusiast. Under the aegis of his company, Intrepid Aviation, he had amassed a collection of historical aircraft. He later decided to sell the company, which he had started as a hobby, feeling that it was becoming too commercial for him to handle. In a BBC interview, he stated: Gilmour has stated in interviews that he does not believe in an afterlife and that he is an atheist. When it comes to Gilmour's political views, he has stated that he is left-wing, and that his beliefs spring from those of his parents; he stated that his parents were "Proper Manchester Guardian readers", and went on to say that "Some of their friends went on the Aldermaston Marches. Mine never did to my knowledge, but they were both committed to voting for the Labour Party"; Gilmour inherited his parents' socialism, stating "I still consider myself to be more a socialist than anything else, even if I can't quite stick with party politics". In August 2014, Gilmour was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
    On 14 November 2015, Gilmour was the subject of the BBC Two documentary David Gilmour: Wider Horizons, which was billed as "an intimate portrait of one of the greatest guitarists and singers of all time, exploring his past and present."
    More Details Hide Details Gilmour is primarily regarded as a lead guitarist. His own solo style is often characterised by blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends and sustain. In 2011, Gilmour was rated the 14th greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine. In January 2007, Guitar World readers voted Gilmour's solos, "Comfortably Numb", "Time" and "Money" into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos ("Comfortably Numb" was voted the 4th, "Time" was voted the 21st and "Money" was voted the 62nd greatest solo of all time). Early in his career with Pink Floyd, Gilmour played a multitude of Fender Stratocasters. He recorded one of his guitar solos, for "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", in one take using no editing or mixing using a 1955 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top guitar equipped with P-90 pick-ups. In 1996, Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd. Gilmour's solo on "Comfortably Numb" was voted as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time in several polls by listeners and critics.
    On 6 June 2015, Gilmour previewed his fourth solo studio album at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in Carlow, Ireland and revealed that it would be titled Rattle That Lock.
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    On 4 March 2015, Gilmour announced a tour of the UK and Europe planned from September to October 2015, his first live tour in nine years, coinciding with the release of his fourth solo studio album.
    More Details Hide Details On 16 July 2015 the first tour dates in 10 years were announced for North America for March to April 2016.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    On 29 October 2014, Gilmour told Rolling Stone magazine that his new album was "coming along very well", that "there's a few months work in it yet" and that he is "hoping to get it out this following year" (in 2015).
    More Details Hide Details In addition to the new album, Gilmour confirmed that there would also be a tour, but not a massive 200-date tour, more like an "old man's tour", adding: "There haven't been many discussions about the tour. But places like Radio City Music Hall sound like the right sort of vibe for me." Gilmour confirmed that a Pink Floyd tour supporting their new album The Endless River was not going to happen, stating: "Without Wright, that's kind of impossible."
    Graham Nash and Phil Taylor, Gilmour's guitar technician, both stated that Gilmour was currently working on a new studio album to be completed during 2014, featuring Nash along with his long-time collaborator David Crosby.
    More Details Hide Details Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson has also stated via her Twitter account that she has been writing lyrics for her husband.
  • 2011
    Age 64
    In 2011, Rolling Stone placed Gilmour at number 14 in a list of the hundred greatest guitarists of all time.
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    Gilmour released an album with the Orb in 2010 entitled Metallic Spheres, on which he co-wrote every track and their subsequent parts, and produced, played guitar and sang.
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    On 11 July 2010, Gilmour gave a performance for the charity Hoping Foundation with Roger Waters in Oxfordshire, England.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was presented by Jemima Goldsmith and Nigella Lawson, and according to onlookers, it seemed that Gilmour and Waters had ended their long-running feud, laughing and joking together along with their respective partners. Waters subsequently confirmed on his Facebook page that Gilmour would play "Comfortably Numb" with him during one of his shows on his upcoming The Wall Live tour – Gilmour performed the song with Waters on 12 May 2011 at The O2, London and, with Nick Mason, played with the rest of the band on "Outside the Wall" at the conclusion of the show.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    In August 2009, he released an online single, "Chicago – Change the World", on which he sang and played guitar, bass and keyboards, to promote awareness of the plight of Gary McKinnon.
    More Details Hide Details A re-titled cover of the Graham Nash song "Chicago", it featured Chrissie Hynde and Bob Geldof, plus McKinnon himself. It was produced by long-time Pink Floyd collaborator Chris Thomas. A video was also posted online.
    On 4 July 2009, he joined his friend Jeff Beck onstage at the Royal Albert Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Gilmour and Beck traded solos on "Jerusalem" and closed the show with "Hi Ho Silver Lining".
    On 25 May 2009, he participated in a concert at the Union Chapel in Islington, London.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was part of the 'Hidden Gigs' campaign against hidden homelessness, which is organised by Crisis, a UK-based national charity campaigning against homelessness. In the concert he collaborated with the Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 59
    The final show of Gilmour's On an Island tour took place at the Gdańsk Shipyard on 26 August 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was held before a crowd of 100,000, and marked the twenty-sixth anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show was recorded, resulting in a live album and DVD release: Live in Gdańsk. For the occasion Gilmour performed with an orchestra, using the 38-piece string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Zbigniew Preisner.
    Gilmour toured Europe, US and Canada from 10 March to 31 May 2006 to promote On an Island.
    More Details Hide Details There were ten shows in the US and Canadian leg of the tour. Pink Floyd alumnus Richard Wright, and frequent Floyd collaborators Dick Parry, Guy Pratt, and Jon Carin also accompanied him on the tour. More shows took place in Europe from July to August in 2006. In a press release to promote the tour, Gilmour stated: "I'm rather hoping that with this tour announcement, people will believe me when I say, honestly, this is the only band I plan to tour with!" On 10 April 2006, On an Island was certified platinum in Canada, with sales of over 100,000 copies. A video recording of a show from Gilmour's solo tour, titled Remember That Night – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, was released on 17 September 2007. The double DVD, directed by David Mallet, contains over five hours of footage, including an on-the-road documentary and guest appearances by David Bowie and Robert Wyatt.
    On 6 March 2006, Gilmour's 60th birthday, he released his third solo album, On an Island.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number 1 in the UK charts, and reached the top five in Germany and Sweden. The album earned Gilmour his first US top-ten as a solo artist, reaching number six in Billboard 200. Produced by Gilmour along with Phil Manzanera and Chris Thomas, the album features orchestrations by renowned Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, and lyrics principally written by Gilmour's wife Polly Samson. The album featured David Crosby and Graham Nash performing backing vocals on the title-track, Robert Wyatt on cornet and percussion, and Richard Wright on Hammond organ and providing backing vocals. Other contributors included Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, Andy Newmark, B. J. Cole, Chris Stainton, Willie Wilson, Rado 'Bob' Klose on guitar and Leszek Możdżer on piano. The album also featured Gilmour's debut with the saxophone.
    Gilmour has recorded four solo albums, all four of which have charted in the US Top 40: 2006's On an Island peaked at number 6 in 2006, 2008's Live in Gdansk peaked at number 26, his 1978 self-titled solo debut peaked at number 29 in 1978, and 1984's About Face peaked at number 32 in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Taking time off from Pink Floyd's schedule, Gilmour also took up various roles as a record producer, sideman and even concert sound engineer for a wide variety of acts which included former bandmate Syd Barrett, Unicorn, Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Berlin, John Martyn, Arcadia, Grace Jones, Tom Jones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Seal, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, The Who, Supertramp, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Alan Parsons, Peter Cetera and various charity groups among others. In 1985, Gilmour was a member of Bryan Ferry's backing band. He played on Ferry's sixth album Boys and Girls, as well as the song "Is Your Love Strong Enough" for the US release of the Ridley Scott-Tom Cruise film Legend. A music video for the latter was created, incorporating Ferry and Gilmour into footage from the film (released as a bonus on the 2002 "Ultimate Edition" DVD release). Later that year, Gilmour played with Ferry at the London Live Aid concert; his first collaboration with Ferry's keyboardist Jon Carin, later to tour with Pink Floyd.
    In December 2006, Gilmour released a tribute to Syd Barrett, who had died on 7 July of that year, in the form of his own version of Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne".
    More Details Hide Details Recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall, the single featured versions of the song performed by Richard Wright and special guest artist David Bowie. The single peaked on the UK Top 20 singles chart at number nineteen. Since their Live 8 appearance in 2005, Gilmour has repeatedly said that there will be no Pink Floyd reunion. With the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in September 2008, another reunion of the core group members became impossible. After Wright's death, his surviving former bandmates praised him for his influence on the sound of Pink Floyd. Gilmour said of Wright: "In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously. I have never played with anyone quite like him."
    On 20 February 2006, Gilmour commented again on Pink Floyd's future when he was interviewed by Billboard.com, stating, "Who knows?
    More Details Hide Details I have no plans at all to do that. My plans are to do my concerts and put my solo record out."
    On 3 February 2006, he announced in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pink Floyd would most likely never tour or write material together again.
    More Details Hide Details He said: "I think enough is enough. I am 60 years old. I don't have the will to work as much any more. Pink Floyd was an important part in my life, I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. For me it's much less complicated to work alone." Regarding agreeing to play at Live 8, he said: "There was more than one reason, firstly to support the cause. The second one is the energy-consuming and uncomfortable relationship between Roger and me that I was carrying along in my heart. That is why we wanted to perform and to leave the trash behind. Thirdly, I might have regretted it if I declined."
  • 2005
    Age 58
    On 2 July 2005, Gilmour played with Pink Floyd—including Roger Waters—at Live 8.
    More Details Hide Details The performance caused a temporary sales increase of Pink Floyd's album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. Gilmour donated all of his resulting profits to charities that reflect the goals of Live 8 saying: "Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert. This is money that should be used to save lives." Shortly after, he called upon all artists experiencing a surge in sales from Live 8 performances to donate the extra revenue to Live 8 fund-raising. After the Live 8 concert, Pink Floyd were offered £150 million to tour the US, but the band turned down the offer.
  • 2003
    Age 56
    Gilmour has been associated with various charity organisations. In May 2003, Gilmour sold his house in Little Venice to the ninth Earl Spencer and donated the proceeds worth £3.6 million to Crisis to help fund a housing project for the homeless.
    More Details Hide Details He has been named a vice-president of the organisation. Other charities to which Gilmour has lent support include Oxfam, the European Union Mental Health and Illness Association, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The Lung Foundation, Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, Teenage Cancer Trust, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He also donated £25,000 to the Save the Rhino foundation in exchange for Douglas Adams's name suggestion for the album that became The Division Bell.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 47
    In 1994, he married novelist, lyricist and journalist Polly Samson.
    More Details Hide Details His best man was his teenage friend and Pink Floyd album artwork designer Storm Thorgerson. The couple have four children: Gilmour's adopted son Charlie (born 1991 to Samson and Heathcote Williams), Joe (born 1995), Gabriel (born 1997) and Romany (born 2002). Charlie's voice can be heard on the telephone to Steve O'Rourke, at the end of "High Hopes" from The Division Bell.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    Gilmour assumed full control of the group and produced A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987, with some contributions from Mason and Richard Wright.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, Gilmour purchased the houseboat Astoria, moored it on the River Thames near Hampton Court and transformed it into a recording studio.
    More Details Hide Details The majority of the two Pink Floyd albums released about this time, as well as Gilmour's 2006 solo release On an Island, were recorded there.
    When he returned from touring, Gilmour played guitar with a range of artists, and also produced the Dream Academy, who had a US top ten hit with "Life in a Northern Town" in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, Waters declared that Pink Floyd were "a spent force creatively". Gilmour and Mason responded with a press release stating that Waters had quit the band and they intended to continue without him.
  • 1985
    Age 38
    Following the departure of another founding member, Roger Waters, Gilmour assumed leadership of Pink Floyd in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has produced a variety of artists, for example the Dream Academy, and has had a solo career which has included four studio albums: David Gilmour, About Face, On an Island, and Rattle That Lock. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2005, Gilmour was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music. He was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time. Additionally, Gilmour was voted number 36 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009.
  • 1978
    Age 31
    By the late 1970s, Gilmour began to think that his musical talents were being underused by Pink Floyd, so in 1978 he channelled his ideas into the eponymous solo album, David Gilmour, which showcased his guitar playing and songwriting skills.
    More Details Hide Details Music written during the finishing stages of the album, but too late to be used, were incorporated into a song by Waters, which became "Comfortably Numb", which was included on The Wall. The negative atmosphere surrounding the creation of The Wall album and subsequent film, compounded by The Final Cuts virtually being a Roger Waters solo album, led Gilmour to produce his second solo album, About Face, in 1984. He used it to express his feelings about a range of topics, from the murder of John Lennon to his relationship with Waters. He has since admitted that he also used the album to distance himself from Pink Floyd. He toured Europe and the US along with support act the Television Personalities, who were promptly dropped from the line-up after Dan Treacy unwisely revealed Syd Barrett's address on stage. Mason also made a guest appearance on the UK leg of the tour, which despite some cancellations eventually turned a profit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 28
    Gilmour's first marriage was to American-born model and artist Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein, on 7 July 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had four children: Alice (born 1976), Claire (born 1979), Sara (born 1983) and Matthew (born 1986). They originally attended a Waldorf School, but Gilmour called their education there "horrific".
  • 1967
    Age 20
    In late December 1967, drummer Nick Mason approached Gilmour and asked him if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd.
    More Details Hide Details He accepted and soon afterward became their fifth member; they initially intended to continue with Barrett as a non-performing songwriter. One of the group's business partners, Peter Jenner, commented: "The idea was that Dave would... cover for Barrett's eccentricities and when that got to be not workable, Syd was just going to write. Just to try to keep him involved". By March 1968, working with Barrett had become too difficult, so Pink Floyd met with business partners Jenner and Andrew King to discuss the situation. During the meeting, Barrett agreed to leave the band and the others committed to moving on without him. Waters later admitted: "He was our friend, but most of the time we now wanted to strangle him". Jenner and King, who believed Barrett to be the creative genius of the band, decided to represent him and end their relationship with Pink Floyd.
    Gilmour travelled to France in mid-1967 with Rick Wills and Willie Wilson, formerly of Jokers Wild.
    More Details Hide Details The trio performed under the band name Flowers, then Bullitt, but they were not commercially successful. After hearing their uninspired covers of current chart hits, club owners were reluctant to pay them, and soon after their arrival in Paris, thieves stole their equipment. While in France, Gilmour contributed—as a session musician—lead vocals to two songs on the soundtrack of the film Two Weeks in September, starring Brigitte Bardot. In May, Gilmour briefly returned to London in search of new gear. During his stay, he watched Pink Floyd record "See Emily Play" and was shocked to find that Barrett did not seem to recognise him. When Bullitt returned to England later that year, they were so impoverished that their tour bus was completely empty of petrol and they had to push it off the ferry.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 18
    In August 1965, Gilmour busked around Spain and France with Barrett and some other friends, performing songs by the Beatles.
    More Details Hide Details They were not very successful, getting arrested on one occasion and living a virtually hand-to-mouth existence, which resulted in Gilmour requiring treatment in a hospital for malnutrition. He and Barrett later trekked to Paris, where they camped outside the city for a week and visited the Louvre. During that time Gilmour worked in various places, most notably as the driver and assistant for fashion designer Ossie Clark.
  • 1962
    Age 15
    In late 1962, Gilmour joined the blues rock band Jokers Wild.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded a one-sided album and a single at Regent Sound Studio, in west London, but only fifty copies of each were made.
    In 1962, Gilmour began studying A-Level modern languages at Cambridge Technical College.
    More Details Hide Details Despite not finishing the course, he eventually learnt to speak fluent French. Barrett was also a student at the college, and he spent his lunchtimes practising guitar with Gilmour.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 9
    At the time of Gilmour's birth they lived in Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, but in 1956, after several relocations, the couple moved their family to Grantchester Meadows.
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  • 1954
    Age 7
    Gilmour's parents encouraged him to pursue his interest in music, and in 1954 he bought his first single, Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock".
    More Details Hide Details 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 the guitar. He then borrowed one from his neighbour, but never gave it back. Soon afterward, he started teaching himself to play using a book and record set by Pete Seeger. At age 11, Gilmour began attending the Perse School on Hills Road, Cambridge, which he "didn't enjoy". While there he met future Pink Floyd guitarist Syd Barrett and bass guitarist Roger Waters, who attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, which was also situated on Hills Road.
  • 1946
    Born
    David Jon Gilmour was born on 6 March 1946, in Cambridge, England.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Douglas Gilmour, eventually became a senior lecturer in zoology at the University of Cambridge, and his mother, Sylvia (born Wilson), trained as a teacher and later worked as a film editor for the BBC.
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