David Gilmour, the renowned Pink Floyd guitarist, has turned 77

David Gilmour, the renowned Pink Floyd guitarist, has turned 77

David Gilmour, an English guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist born on March 6th, 1946, is a part of the rock group Pink Floyd. Happy Birthday, legend!

Before Syd Barrett’s departure in 1967, he joined as the band’s co-lead vocalist and guitarist.

Pink Floyd’s concept albums  1973’s The Dark Side of the Moon, 1975’s Wish You Were Here, 1977’s Animals, 1979’s The Wall, and 1983’s The Final Cut were commercial successes worldwide.

They were among the most well-known and successful musical acts by the early 1980s, and they had sold more than 250M records worldwide, including 75 million in the US.

Pink Floyd continued under Gilmour’s direction when Roger Waters left the band in 1985 and produced three more studio albums.

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Gilmour has released four solo studio albums: 1978’s David Gilmour, 1984’s About Face, 2006’s On an Island, and 2015’s Rattle That Lock. He has also produced a range of musicians, including the Dream Academy. 

Also, he is recognized for introducing Kate Bush’s songs to the general public. David got admitted to the 2015’s UK Music Hall of Fame and the 1996’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame of the US as a member of Pink Floyd. David Gilmour received the Order of the British Empire’s Commander (CBE) designation in 2003.

During the  Q Awards in 2008, he received the Outstanding Contribution honor. Gilmour got listed as the fourteenth greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2011. He was also ranked 36th in 2009’s list of the top rock singers by Planet Rock listeners.

David Gilmour collaborated with numerous outside musicians, such as bassist Tony Levin, pianist Jon Carin, drummer Jim Keltner, and external authors (like Anthony Moore). “On The Turning Away”  song and most of the record were performed by former Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, who soon joined the group.

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Back in the Day: David Gilmour and David Bowie Sang “Comfortably Numb”

On March 6, David Gilmour celebrates his birthday. Although he has performed mainly as a solo artist, it’s hard not to feel goosebumps when he plays those iconic Pink Floyd songs live, especially in this performance from 2007.

That year, Gilmour gave a three-night engagement at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The performance’s high point occurred when David Bowie joined Gilmour to perform “Arnold Layne” and “Comfortably Numb,” respectively.

In April 2020, Gilmour made several live-stream appearances with his family, singing songs by Leonard  & Barrett  Cohen. His first single since 2015, “Yes, I Have Ghosts,” came on July 3. Samson wrote the song’s lyrics, while Romany, his daughter, makes her recording debut on backing vocals and harp.

Gilmour has contributed to animal rights, environmental protection, poverty,  homelessness, and human rights initiatives.

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