Shine on you crazy diamond

By: sonofabeach96

Mar 06 2016

Category: Uncategorized


There are a few notable items from this day in rock: a birth, a milestone, and a well-deserved distinction.  Happy Sunday, y’all!  Hope it’s a day utilized for whatever the heck you want it to be.

On this date, in 1946, David Gilmore was born in Cambridge, England.


He’s, of course, the legendary guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd.  He’s been in the music biz for 50 years now, and his voice and guitar work is immediately recognizable.  He was a co-lead vocalist, and songwriter for Pink Floyd, along with Roger Waters.  Eventually, he and Waters would clash, and their working relationship would deteriorate more during the recording and filming of The Wall.  During this time, and as a direct response to the bickering with Waters, he made a couple of solo albums, David Gilmour in 1978 and About Face in 1984.  Pink Floyd continued on with Nick Mason and Gilmour, but without Waters.

In spite of the not so uncommon bickering, infighting, and eventual loss of Waters, Gilmour would produce 1987’s Momentary Lapse of Reason and 1994’s Division Bell.  Waters rejoined his former band mates for Live8 in 2005.  They were offered a huge sum of money to go on tour, but they declined.  That was the end of Pink Floyd as we knew it.  But not before selling an estimated 250 million records worldwide, 75 million of which were here in the US.  Lest we forget that Dark Side of the Moon stayed on the charts longer than any other album…by far, and the impact, influence, and resonance of the band is undeniable.  David Gilmour is a huge cog in that wheel.

On this date, in 1975, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti was certified Gold.


That would be just the beginning though, as the album would eventually be certified 16x Platinum (over 8 million copies sold) and it peaked at no. 1 in Canada, the US, and the UK.  The double album, which consisted of new material and some previously recorded but unreleased material, took a few years to develop.  In large part, this was due to a sabbatical taken by John Paul Jones.  He nearly quit the band to become a choir director in response to the stresses of touring.  He returned to recording a little over a year later.  It was a critical and commercial success, and has a well-earned place in rock history.  This is certainly a must-have album in one’s collection.

And, on this date, in 2000, Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.  This earned him the distinction of being the only 3-time inductee.  He had already been invited to the exclusive club as a member of The Yardbirds and as a member of Cream.  He’s had an exceptionally long career and has been a member of, or worked in conjunction with, some of the biggest names in music.  From The Yardbirds to John Mayall, Cream to Blind Faith.  Not to mention collaborative efforts on countless other projects.  He’s a master guitarist and has been ranked the no. 2 Guitarist of All-Time by Rolling Stone and ranked no. 4 on Gibson guitars list of Top 100 Guitarists of All-Time.  He even turned his personal tragedy into a beautiful song with “Tears In Heaven” following the awful loss of his son in 1991.  His album, Eric Clapton Unplugged


is possibly one of my personal Top-20 albums.  But there’s a lot more of Clapton to explore.

With all that in mind, my songs of the day are:

“Trampled Under Foot” by Led Zeppelin

“Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith

“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

“Strange Brew” by Cream

“Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin

“Bell Bottom Blues” by Derek and the Domino’s

“Time” by Pink Floyd

“Layla” by Eric Clapton (Unplugged)

“Before You Accuse Me” by Eric Clapton

“In My Time of Dying” by Led Zeppelin



15 comments on “Shine on you crazy diamond”

  1. “Can’t Find My Way Home” is one of my favorite songs. Amazing grouping of talents including Steve Winwood and Ginger Baker.

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  2. I believe that Shine on you crazy diamond was written for founder of Pink Floyd – Syd Barrett. Happy Birthday, Mr. Gilmour.

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  3. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers played that little venue I was telling you about. Saw them last year. What a treat!

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  4. always informational and brings it all back….kat

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  5. Ah! 3 of my favorite albums are Wish You Were Here, Physical Graffiti and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged. 🙂

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