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David Gilmour

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Veronica Waters(translated Grace Hudececk)

Biography David Gilmour

David Gilmour

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Veronica Waters

David Gilmour

In short...

Musician, guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, harmonica, record producer, songwriter and current leader of Pink Floyd.
David Gilmour has been main vocalist, guitarist extraordinaire and co song writer for Pink Floyd since 1969 and since the mid 80's this soft spoken, compassionate humanitarian has been the main driving and leading force behind the band.

David Gilmour

 

In deep...


Born on March 6, 1946 David learned to fend for himself early on when his parents left him and his two brothers behind in Cambridge for work and a life in New York City. While childhood friend Syd Barrett went away to school and became part of The Pink Floyd in London with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright David was busy in Cambridge with his own quite popular band "Jokers Wild". While playing the ballroom, party, club circuit around Cambridge and surrounding areas The Pink Floyd were hitting the pop charts with songs like "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play". During this time Syd Barrett's experimentation with LSD and his underlying mental problems caused the other members of the band to seek out a replacement. The choice was Syd Barrett's childhood friend David Gilmour and he officially replaced Syd in 1969.

Overcoming some initial obstacles when joining the group David was the perfect choice for Syd with his good looks, excellent guitar work and singing voice. Soon he became an important part of what would become the Pink Floyd sound and the direction the band would take musically. The band would move on to release several very experimental and progressive albums in the late 60's and early 70's including, "A Saucerful Of Secrets", the movie soundtrack "More", "Ummagumma", "Atom Heart Mother", "Meddle" and "Obscured By Clouds". His attempts at lyric writing were short lived as Roger Waters was becoming more and more the leading and driving force behind the band. When they had gotten into the studio for "Dark Side Of The Moon" Roger Waters clearly became the sole lyricist for all Pink Floyd songs from that point up to the early 80's.

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In 1973 "Dark Side Of The Moon" would become Pink Floyd's biggest selling album to date and would become one of the biggest selling albums of all time and hailed by critics and fans as a masterpiece and one of the greatest albums ever made. It is also the only album to ever remain on the Billboard top 200 albums for the past 30 years and 15 of those years continuously. It was this album where Pink Floyd truly came into their own as a band with their own unique sound, but also where David Gilmour's guitar work really began to shine as well. This is evident in songs like "Time" and "Money" which have two standout solos by David.

After the success of "Dark Side Of The Moon" they would release "Wish You Were Here" which is David's personal favorite. Even though it did not match the same success they had with Dark Side, "Wish You Were Here" was the perfect follow up and it is just as much of a masterpiece as its predecessor. The albums haunting guitar and beautiful melodies along with Roger Waters brilliant lyrics on songs like "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and the title track make this another one of Pink Floyd's best. At this time David would also marry Ginger, his live in girlfriend of 5 years.

David Gilmour

After extensive touring and a well deserved break they would start work on their next album, "Animals". A more cynical and dark album than their previous work, "Animals" would be the continuation of Roger Waters distain towards the music business and the distance he was beginning to feel towards the fans. Although "Animals" would not be considered one of their greatest, mainly because of its negativity, David's guitar work, especially on "Dogs" is the main standout on the album.

After touring for "Animals" David would go into the studio and record his first solo album simply titled, "David Gilmour". The album would be a moderate success and would carry a similar sound to Pink Floyd. Most of the songs written by David Gilmour, the album shows that David is a fine songwriter in his own right. The album is filled with beautiful melodies, wonderful guitar work and the pleasure of hearing David's singing voice. The album is a must not only for David Gilmour fans, but for anyone who just likes good music!

David Gilmour

Beginning as early as Dark Side Roger Waters' ever growing grip to become Pink Floyd's only creative force was becoming more and more obvious. This was starting to take a toll on all band members and creative disagreements between David and Roger were becoming more frequent and more heated. By the late 70's when work had begun on "The Wall", Roger Waters epic based on his own life experiences, working conditions had reached an all time low. Rogers wanting complete control lead to the letting go of one of the original band members and keyboardist, Richard Wright. Though "The Wall" would also become one of the biggest selling albums of all time it was obvious that it was not a group effort in the same way "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Wish You Were Here" were. Although the album holds some of Pink Floyd's most recognizable and best loved songs, the album still mainly has a Roger Waters alone feel to it. However it does hold two songs that have become classic standards whose music was mainly influenced by David Gilmour, "Run Like Hell" and "Comfortably Numb". "Comfortably Numb" is probably Pink Floyd's most recognized and well loved song, it also holds one of the most memorable guitar solo's in rock and roll history and simply a flawless piece of work by David! Following the release of "The Wall" came a lavish stage production which played only a handful of cities worldwide and the album eventually became a feature film. The film would not have the same success the album had but in recent years it has become somewhat of a cult classic.

With Richard Wright gone from the group Pink Floyd was now a three piece and Roger Waters was ready to go into the studio again for yet another album. The only problem was Roger wanted to be the ONLY creative force on this project. "The Final Cut" would become not only Pink Floyd's final album with Roger Waters but it would also be their most disappointing. Waters control over the entire project would reduce drummer Nick Mason and David Gilmour to nothing more than studio musicians. David, who had always been co-producer to most of Pink Floyd's albums would have his name removed as producer from this one. Even though "The Final Cut" is not a bad piece of work, it is primarily the work of Roger Waters alone. After "The Final Cut" Roger Waters would announce that he no longer would be a part of Pink Floyd and assumed that was the end of the band, but he was wrong, David Gilmour and Nick Mason had other ideas.

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After "The Final Cut" David would record a second solo album entitled "About Face". That is exactly what this album was for David, a complete about face to anything he had done in the past. Filled with catchy pop tunes again David would write most of the songs and several songs were co-written with Pete Townshend. "About Face" was and is a nice departure for David Gilmour and his fans. As with his first solo effort "About Face" would be a moderate success and would be followed by a successful tour of Europe and America. But, David Gilmour and Nick Mason were not ready to give up their day jobs just yet as members of Pink Floyd and by the mid 1980's they began work on a new Pink Floyd album without their main lyricist and self appointed leader, Roger Waters. Bringing back Richard Wright, who was fired during "The Wall" they would set out on a Pink Floyd lead by David Gilmour. What resulted were some nasty mud slinging wars between Waters and Gilmour and law suits filed by Waters that lasted for years. During this time the Gilmour lead Floyd would put out two studio albums, first "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" released in 1987 followed by an extremely successful tour and in 1994 "The Division Bell" also follow by another successful tour. "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" would be David's first shot at being the main drive behind Pink Floyd and he did it well. The album does not stand out as one of Pink Floyd's greatest or classics but it does have its moments and most of those moments consist of David Gilmour's brilliant and beautiful guitar work. It also stands out as an album that shows Pink Floyd could still exist without the destructive leadership of Roger Waters. "The Division Bell" would fair even better with songs and sounds that are in the same line as the classic Pink Floyd sound. The "Division Bell" is obviously a more personal album as far as David Gilmour is concerned, recruiting his second and current wife, Polly Samson, to help write lyrics for the album. What is also obvious is that Pink Floyd became a group again using input from all band members and not just one creative force!

In 1994 David married writer Polly Samson and for the past ten years spends his days as husband and father, occasionally playing at benefit concerts and writing checks out to charity! In 2002 he taped for release on DVD, "David Gilmour in Concert" a sort of David Gilmour unplugged, and rumor has it he is currently in the studio working on material. The only question is will it be for a David Gilmour solo project or will it be Pink Floyd. Either way we look forward to whatever it!

 

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