6 March 1946, Cambridge, England. The solo career of Pink Floyds lead guitarist started in 1978 with a self-titled debut album. The material was recorded during a perilously long Pink Floyd hiatus and amid rumours of a break-up. The album was well-received and made a respectable showing in the UK and US charts. A second collection, the lesser About Face, arrived in 1984 after the official and acrimonious split of the band. During that year Gilmour was very active; he performed at the Live Aid concert with Bryan Ferry, and was later to play a major role in the recording of the singers 1987 collection Bête Noire. He also performed on Grace Jones bestselling Slave To The Rhythm. In 1987, Gilmour reunited with Nick Mason and decided to use the Pink Floyd title. As Rick Wright had also been hired it seemed legitimate, until Roger Waters objected. Gilmour has been involved in a subtle war of words with Waters ever since. Waters at present has lost...
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