On This Day

David Gilmour

Singer-Songwriter and Producer David Gilmour

Profession: Singer-Songwriter and Producer

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Biography: David Gilmour has been a member of the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd since 1968, one of the world's most successful bands.

The band has sold over 250 million records worldwide, including their influential conceptual albums "Dark Side of the Moon" (1973) and "The Wall" (1979).

Gilmour has also had a successful solo career as a musician and as a producer.

Born: March 6, 1946
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Age: 76 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

  • 1975-07-07 Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour (29) weds American model and artist Virginia "Ginger" Hasenbein (26); divorce in 1990
  • 1994-07-29 Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour marries 2nd wife writer Polly Samson

Historical Events

  • 1967-05-12 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert in London
  • 1967-08-04 Pink Floyd releases their first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", their only record made under the leadership of Syd Barrett.
  • 1967-11-27 Jimi Hendrix headlines bill (including The Move and Pink Floyd) for 2 shows at Whitla Hall, Queens College, in Belfast - his only concerts in Ireland
  • 1968-02-18 British guitarist David Gilmour joins progressive rock group Pink Floyd
  • 1973-03-01 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies
  • 1975-07-05 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage
  • 1975-09-12 Pink Floyd releases their ninth album "Wish You Were Here"
  • 1975-09-25 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies
  • 1979-11-30 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • 1980-01-18 Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" hits #1
  • 1980-02-07 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980-05-02 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
  • 1982-02-13 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon" marks 402 weeks in the album charts
  • 1990-07-21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood; charity concert led by Roger Waters, with guests Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions,; Sinéad O'Connor, Bryan Adams, The Band, Van Morrison, The Hooters, and others
  • 1994-10-29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour with a show at Earls Court in London, England
  • 1996-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue
  • 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.
  • 2006-05-29 Singer David Bowie joins guitarist David Gilmour as special guest during encore at Royal Albert Hall, London concert; they perform "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" in what becomes Bowie's final UK appearance
  • 2006-08-26 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland