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4 musicians that David Gilmour said that changed the way he saw music

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4 musicians that David Gilmour said that changed the way he saw music

Pink Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour changed the way many aspiring musicians saw music due to his praised playing and songwriting. In an interview with Classic Rock back in 2015 he listed 4 artists who changed the way he saw music when he was young.

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Gilmour joined Pink Floyd back in 1967 shortly before the departure of founder member Syd Barrett, achieving later a smashing success with the group through albums “The Dark Side of The Moon” (1973), “Wish You Were Here” (1975), “Animals” (1977) and “The Wall” (1979). By 2013 they have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

4 musicians that David Gilmour said that changed the way he saw music

“There were a number of moments that were pivotal. Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock was a pivotal moment for me. And that was superseded in what seemed like months by Jailhouse Rock by Elvis, also pivotal. The Beatles were pivotal. Jimi Hendrix was a pivotal moment. Pete Seeger was a pivotal moment when I was young. I learnt guitar from him. Too many to name.”

Bill Haley

Born in Highland Park, Michigan back in 1925, Bill Haley was a rock and roll musician that was sucessful in the early 50’s with his band Bill Haley & His Comets, being credited as one of the first groups that popularized the musical genre. Their are remember by hits like “Rock Around The Clock”, “See You Late, Alligator” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll”. They sold more than 60 million records worldwide.

Elvis Presley

Called the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley was born in January 8, 1935 and died August 16, 1977. He is recalled as one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. The singer inspired a whole generation of musicians that would become successful in the following decades.

The Beatles

Formed by John Lennon (Guitar), Paul McCartney (Bass), Ringo Starr (Drums) and George Harrison (Guitar), The Beatles still are considered the best band of all time by many Rock and Roll fans. Despite being active for only 10 years they changed music forever with their sound and songwriting. Their are the best-selling band of all time with more than 600 million records sold worldwide.

Peter Seeger

Born New York City back 1919, Pete Seeger was a folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, Seeger also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. He is often remembered for the hits “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I Had a Hammer and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”

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