Born in England in 1946, David Gilmour joined the progressive rock group Pink Floyd in 1967. As the lead guitarist and a vocalist, he helped the group achieve international success with albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Gilmour has also released four solo albums, is an experienced pilot and is known for his work with charities around the world.
Late in 1967, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason asked Gilmour to join the band. Founding guitarist Syd Barrett was floundering because of heavy psychedelic drug use, and the group hired Gilmour as a second guitarist to cover for him. Barrett left the band in early 1968, leaving Gilmour to become the lead guitarist and vocalist.
The band achieved enormous commercial success with albums like The Dark Side of the Moon, and Waters began to assert greater authority and control. Waters wrote the bulk of Animals and The Wall without first getting input from his bandmates, and tensions mounted. Gilmour felt that his talents weren’t being utilized, so he began working on his own projects. In 1978, after recording Animals with Pink Floyd, Gilmour released his first solo album. One of the songs written too late to be included on the album became one of Pink Floyd’s signature tracks, « Comfortably Numb. »
The relationship between Gilmour and Waters continued to deteriorate, and Gilmour produced his second solo album, About Face, in 1984. He later said that recording the album was a way to distance himself from Pink Floyd. When Waters left the group in 1986, Gilmour stepped to the helm and produced A Momentary Lapse of Reason. He and Mason also teamed up to fight Waters, who filed a lawsuit with the intent of preventing the remaining band members from using the name Pink Floyd.
Returning to the studio, Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright did much of the heavy lifting for Pink Floyd’s 1994 album The Division Bell. In 2014, six years after Wright’s death, Gilmour used material from earlier sessions to produce The Endless River, expected to be the iconic band’s final studio effort.