David Gilmour’s Birthday – March 6, 1946
Posted 3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

David Gilmour’s Birthday – March 6, 1946


Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd! Which Pink Floyd song do you think features the best Gilmour guitar work?
  • Happy Birthday David Gilmour! He is rumored to play Bonnaroo music festival this year; would you go just to see him?

Fast Facts

  • Born: March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England
  • Age: 67
  • Birth name is David Jon Gilmour
  • Best known as singer and guitar player for Pink Floyd
  • Considered one of the most influential guitar players of all time
  • Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (with Pink Floyd) in 1996
  • Plays mostly Fender Stratocasters (with the occasional Telecaster)
  • Ranked as #14 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest guitarists of all time
  • Had a well-known long standing feud with Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters
  • Contrary to popular belief, Gilmour did not replace original Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett in 1968. Gilmour joined and the two were in the band together for a short time until Barrett had a mental breakdown and was unable to continue with the band after their second album
  • He worked as a model before joining Pink Floyd
  • He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Music Video – Long Form for “Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder” (1989)
  • His use of echo and other effects on the guitar were inspired by Pink Floyd original guitarist Syd Barrett
  • Up until Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” Gilmour wrote all of the band’s songs
  • Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music
  • His favorite Pink Floyd song is “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (written for Barrett) and Wish You Were Here is his favorite album
  • He is a longtime aviation enthusiast and founded the Intrepid Aviation Company
  • Gilmour saw Jimi Hendrix at a London club in 1966 and lists him as a major influence

Personal Info

  • Married Ginger Gilmour June 5, 1975 and divorced in 1990; they have four children together
  • Married Polly Samson July 29, 1994; they have three children together


  • Solo
    • David Gilmour (1978)
    • About Face (1984)
    • On An Island (2006)
    • Live In Gdansk (2008)
    • (With The Orb) Metallic Spheres (2010)
    • Echoes From Gdansk (2013)
    • Pink Floyd
      • The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
      • A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968)
      • Ummagumma (1969)
      • Soundtrack From The Film “More” (1969)
      • Atom Heart Mother (1970)
      • Meddle (1971)
      • Obscured By Clouds (1972)
      • The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
      • Wish You Were Here (1975)
      • Ummagumma Vol. 2 (1976)
      • Animals (1977)
      • The Wall (1979)
      • The Final Cut (1983)
      • A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
      • Delicate Sound Of Thunder (1988)
      • Ummagumma – Live Album (1994)
      • The Division Bell (1994)
      • Wish You Were Here (1994)
      • Pulse (1995)
      • Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 (2000)
      • The Wall – Immersion – Evening / Night Time Sampler (2012)
      • The Alternate “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” (2013)

Billboard (solo)

  • Top 200 Albums
    • David Gilmour (1978), #29
    • About Face (1984), #32
    • On An Island (2006), #6
    • Live In Gdansk (2008), #26
    • Hot 100 Singles
      • “Blue Light” (1984), #62

RIAA (solo)

  • “David Gilmour” (1978), Gold
  • “About Face” (1984), Gold




Check out the top 10 David Glmour Pink Floyd songs at Ultimate Classic Rock

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