David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England) is a guitarist and vocalist with rock band Pink Floyd. Following the departure of Roger Waters in the mid-1980s, Gilmour effectively assumed control of the band.
Gilmour was born and grew up in the affluent Grantchester Meadows area of Cambridge. His father, Douglas, was a senior lecturer in zoology at Cambridge University and his mother, Sylvia, was a teacher.
Gilmour attended The Perse School on Hills Road, Cambridge, and later met Syd Barrett while taking modern languages A-Levels at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, where they spent their lunchtimes learning to play the guitar. They were not, however, bandmates, and Gilmour started playing in the band Joker's Wild in 1963. Gilmour left Joker's Wild in 1966 and formed a new band with some of its members. This band, firstly named Bullitt, later changing their name to Flowers, spent the rest of 1966 and most of 1967 playing in Spain and France, before disbanding later that year.