New Delhi: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour who is deemed as one of the world’s best guitarists and rock artists turned 75 on Saturday. There is no doubt in the fact that he is a living legend and is tremendously celebrated for his work and contribution to rock music.
Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in 1967 as a guitarist and lead vocalist and his contributions and role became a huge factor in the success of the band. However, the founder of the band, Syd Barrett left shortly after.
After Barret left, the band produced some iconic and most renowned albums like The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979).
Not to mention, The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the most successful albums of all time. Gilmour worked and contributed as a guitarist, vocalist, and a songwriter throughout the peak years of the band.
David took charge of the band after 1985 as Roger Waters left, and went on to produce albums like A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994) and toured both of them, followed by a long period of inactivity.
The band reunited in 2005 to perform for the global awareness event, Live 8 at London and Gilmour donated his profits from the event to the charities.
Apart from his association with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has had a great solo career as well. He has produced four solo studio albums which have been huge successes and has been a recipient of Ivor Novello Award Lifetime Contribution Award in 2008.
He even beat greats like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to be voted as “Best Fender Guitar Player Ever” in a poll in Guitarist Magazine.
Having attained impeccable success in music and being referred to as the only 70s guitarist that matters for young fans by MusicRadar, Gilmour has used his privilege to do a lot of charity work as well. He has been associated with organisations like Oxfam, PETA, Amnesty International, European Union Mental Health and Illness Association, Teenage Cancer Trust, and so on.
To celebrate the birthday of this legend, here are some of his greatest compositions that you can enjoy:
Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Fat Old Sun”- Atom Heart Mother (1970)
High Hopes”- The Division Bell (1994)
Comfortably Numb”- The Wall (1979)