Biography - David Gilmour
On March 6, 1946, David Gilmour, one of the best guitarists of all
times was born in Grandchester Meadows, Cambridge. David was raised in a
liberal environment, his parents were quite progressive even for the
60s. When David was 17, they moved to New York and David, who stayed in
England, had to count on himself since then.
In the beginning,
David was influenced by blues and rock'n'roll, both originally American
genres. Up to now he feels obliged to Pete Seeger, thanks to whom he
learnt to play guitar. He was schoolmates with Syd Barrett for some
time, and taught him to play guitar. After they both had finished high
school, each set off somewhere else. Gilmour started a band called
Ramblers, which soon became Jokers Wild. The band was quite successful
at home, although they played mostly covers. Thanks to David's
leadership and organising the band did very well.
then set out for a tour of France, where they mostly enjoyed themselves
and had fun travelling and playing Jimi Hendrix hits over and over
again. Later, in the early sixties, Jokers Wild continued in their
victorious tour of Britain and were soon to release their debut album.
However, a mighty pirate radio station got to a copy of two songs from
the album and released them as a single itself, ruining the band's
ambition. Even today, Gilmour thinks he could have reached just the same
success he did with Pink Floyd, with Jokers Wild.
In 1967 David
was offered playing with Pink Floyd just in case Syd was not fit to
play, which happened more and more often. Soon it was clear to everyone,
that David was a brilliant player himself and so he became a regular
member of the band. Soon after, Syd left Pink Floyd. David later
described coming from a band that just covered covers to a band working
on Saucerful of Secrets as a "musical and cultural shock."
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