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David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a musician best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of the New Wave band Talking Heads.
Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland on May 14, 1952. Two years later, his parents moved to Hamilton, Ontario, then Arbutus, Maryland when he was 8 or 9 years old. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design for one year before dropping out and forming Talking Heads in 1974 with fellow RISD students Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. He later attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for one year.
During his time in the band, Byrne took on outside projects.
He collaborated with Brian Eno in 1981 on the ground-breaking album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, which attracted considerable critical acclaim and represented a significant step forward in the evolution of sampling as a legitimate musical endeavour.
David Byrne has a daughter named Malu Byrne.