David Gilmour

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David Jon Gilmour
March 6, 1946
Cambridge, England

David Gilmour is a guitarist extraordinaire, singer, songwriter, and producer who was a crucial member of Pink Floyd. 

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". 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 borrowed a guitar from a neighbour, but never gave it back. That neighbour was Syd Barrett, who later went insane. It is said the theft of his guitar is what slowly drove Barrett mad. 

In 1965, Gilmour's friends Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright formed Pink Floyd and were having some success. 

By 1967, Syd Barrett's deteriorating mental health started to become an issue. During one concert, the band started to play and Syd just stood there. He had his guitar around his neck and his arms just hanging down. 

His condition worsened. During appearances on the Dick Clark and Pat Boone shows in November, Barrett confounded his hosts by not responding to questions and staring off into space. He refused to move his lips when it came time to mime "See Emily Play" on Boone's show. After these embarrassing episodes, Pink Floyd ended their US tour and immediately went home to London. Soon after their return, they supported Jimi Hendrix during a tour of England; however, Barrett's depression worsened as the tour continued, reaching a crisis point in December, when the band responded by adding a new member to their line-up.
David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in December 1967 and Barrett left in March 1968. From 1968 - 1972, Pink Floyd released 6 Psychedelic/Progressive Albums. The albums did well in the UK, but did not chart at all in the U.S

This all changed in 1973 with the release of "Dark Side of The Moon". "Dark Side of the Moon" went to #1 everywhere, sold 17 Billion albums and stayed on the charts for 45 years. Many consider it to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Gilmour was a huge part of the album, contributing lead vocals, songwriting and amazing guitar parts. 

Floyd released "Wish You Were Here", "Animals", and "The Wall". Tensions in the band between Gilmour and Waters were rising. Yada, yada, Waters left the band. Between me and you, I'm betting Waters is a big pain in the ass. 

David Gilmour is an incredible Guitarist, considered by many to be the best. His sound, his tone, his sustain is beautiful. Every note is filled with emotion. His solos are melodic and you can sing along to them. He is a beautiful player. His solo on "Comfortably Numb" is legendary. It brings tears to grown men's eyes. 

The world is a better place thanks to Gilmour's musical contributions. Pink Floyd is a legendary band, one of the best. 

Happy Birthday David Gilmour and Thank You for the music Sir!
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