David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946) singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968, effectively as a replacement for founder Syd Barrett, who left the band shortly afterwards.
Pink Floyd achieved international success with the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; it was estimated that by 2012 the band had sold over 250 million records. Following the departure of Roger Waters, David Gilmour assumed leadership of Pink Floyd in 1985.
David Gilmour talks about his early musical influences, being given a Bob Dylan album from his parents, and learning to sing and play guitar:
David Gilmour – Like a Rolling Stone (demo 1983, audio):