In 2008 he won the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2005 he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame (as a member of Pink Floyd) for their outstanding contribution to British music.
His favorite Pink Floyd album is "Wish You Were Here".
He lists Jimi Hendrix as a major influence.
His favorite Pink Floyd song is "Shine on You Crazy Diamond".
He helped discover singer Kate Bush.
He is considered to be one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century.
He almost exclusively plays Fender Stratocaster guitars.
He has had two wives and 7 children.
He was good friends with author Douglas Adams until his 2001 death.
He was voted the best East Anglian guitarist in Total Guitar Magazine's poll of the 12 greatest British guitarists.
His hobbies include car racing, flying airplanes, collecting guitars, and vintage aircrafts.
The Pink Floyd song "Comfortably Numb" is a reworking of a cut song from his first solo album.
His height is 6'.
He worked as a model before he joined Pink Floyd.
Gilmour wrote the majority of Pink Floyd's songs, excluding the tracks on Dark Side Of The Moon.
In November 2003, he was made a CBE(Commander of the British Empire), for philanthropy and for services to music.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Pink Floyd, in 1996.
He was asked to join Pink Floyd, in January of 1968.
Gilmour met Syd Barrett while in College.
He attended the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, as a member of Pink Floyd.
On Rick Wrights death
David Gilmour: No-one can replace Richard Wright - he was my musical partner and my friend. In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.
On Pink Floyds album Wish You Were Here
David Gilmour: For me, "Wish You Were Here" was very satisfying. I'd rather listen to it than "Dark Side Of The Moon". I think we achieved a better balance of music and lyrics. "Dark Side" went a bit too far the other way -- too much importance was placed on the lyrics. And sometimes the tunes were neglected.
David Gilmour: After Dark Side we were really floundering around. I wanted to make the next album more musical, because I felt some of these tracks had been just vehicles for the words. We were working in 1974 in this horrible little rehearsal room in Kings Cross without windows, putting together what became the next two albums, "Wish You Were Here", and "Animals".
(About the feud with Roger Waters)
Roger Waters: I'm not very good at holding grudges for very long, but he's done some terrible things.
(About the Pink Floyd reunion for Live8)
David Gilmour: Any squabbles Roger and I have had in the past are so petty in this context.