On this day 50 years ago, David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd, replacing a classmate who had checked himself into a psychiatric ward. With the addition of the innovative songwriter–vocalist–guitarist, whose sound is instantly recognizable, Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. One of the most critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music, the band, by 2012, had sold over 250 million records worldwide. Now 71, the British-born Gilmour is ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the greatest guitarists of all time. WATCH the 2005 reunion performance of Comfortably Numb, with his renown guitar solo… (1968)
In 2003, the multi-instrumentalist (plays bass, drums, keyboards, and more) sold one of his houses and donated the proceeds worth £3.6 million to help fund a housing project for the homeless. He has also contributed to animal rights, poverty, environmental, wildlife, human rights, and music therapy charities.
Fun Facts: He discovered and nurtured to a recording contract the singer-songwriter Kate Bush. He is also an aviator–pilot whose hobby was flying, buying, and selling vintage bi-planes. Most importantly, his fifth solo album since the band broke up in 1995 (not counting a reunion tour in…
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