David Gilmour

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David Jon Gilmour

Guitarist and singer in Pink Floyd
Born: March 6, 1946, Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge

When Syd Barrett became too unreliable, the other members of Pink Floyd decided to look for a new guitarist for the band. Jeff Beck was considered, but they chose David Gilmour who had been noticed as singer and guitarist in the band Jokers Wild. When Gilmour took over the guitar he was accused by many for copying Syd's style. But in fact they were old childhood friends and Gilmour was the one teaching Barrett how to play a guitar.

Gilmour became a full member of the band already from their second album A Saucerful Of Secrets and he has been the front figure after the difficult break with Roger Waters in 1985. With new albums (Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell) and two world tours he has managed to revive the success of the band and secure a new generation of Floyd fans.

Gilmour is without doubt one of the world's finest guitarists, with his own unique style and always experimenting with sounds. Gilmour has released a number of solo albums and also participated/produced music with many other artists.

Gilmour is married to Polly Samson, a journalist who has also been writing some of the lyrics for the Division Bell. Gilmour is a neighbour to his friend and band mate Nick Mason in Maida Vale, London -and has a fully equipped recording studio (The Astoria) on his houseboat on Thames.

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