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David Byrne is an Academy Award winning musician who founded the new wave band Talking Heads

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BirthdayMay 14, 1952
NationalityAmerican, Scottish
FamousAmerican-scottish Musician, Scottish Men, Musicians
SpousesAdelle Lutz (m. 1987–2004)
Childrens Malu Abeni Valentine Byrne
Birth PlaceDumbarton, Scotland
Born CountryScotland
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherTom
MotherEmma
Net Worth$45 million as of Jan,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inDumbarton, Scotland
Famous asAmerican-Scottish musician

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Who is David Byrne?

David Byrne is a highly popular musician who has been rocking the music world with his experimental music and rhythms since the 1970s. The versatile musician started performing as a teenager and has worked in a number of media like films, albums, opera and photography. During his early career he was known mainly as one of the co-founders of the new wave band Talking Heads which produced hit singles like ‘And She Was’ and ‘Burning Down the House’. The band was considered the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands of the new wave movement. Propelled by the success of his band Byrne went on to pursue an equally, if not more successful, career as a solo artist. Famous for his experimental ways, he featured a mix of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Hispanic and Brazilian music in his debut solo album. He has provided music for the soundtracks of various films including ‘The Last Emperor’ for which he won an Academy Award. The talented artist has also written musical scores for operas. Exploring another side of his creativity, he exhibited his photography and designs on international art shows. He founded his own record label Luaka Bop which was originally intended to release Latin American compositions; however the label has grown to represent music from all over the world.

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Childhood & Early Life

David Byrne was born in Scotland to Tom, an electronics engineer, and Emma. He has one sibling.

His family moved to Canada when he was two, and then to Maryland , U.S., when he was nine years old.

He loved music from a young age and was already playing multiple instruments like guitar, accordion and violin by middle school. He went to Lansdowne High School in Baltimore County.

He attended the Rhode Island School of Design during the 1970-71 term and the Maryland Institute College of Art during the next term. He dropped out of college to pursue a career in music.

Career

He went to New York and formed a band called the Talking Heads with Chris Frantz, a fellow student from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Chris’s girlfriend Tina Weymouth. The band performed its first gig in 1975.

The band grew to include multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison in 1977. The very same year, their debut album ‘Talking Heads: 77’ was out. The single ‘Psycho Killer’ made it to the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Their second album ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ was released in 1978. It had a blend of funky bass, country, and punk music and became very popular.

The success of the album prompted the band to bring out two more albums in quick succession--‘Fear of Music’ (1979) and ‘Remain in Light’ (1980)—both of which went Gold in the U.S.

The band took a hiatus till 1983. Meanwhile Byrne brought out his debut solo album ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’ in 1981.

Talking Heads released the album ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in 1983. It was their first big commercial breakthrough. The album’s release was followed by a promotional tour.

Their next album ‘Little Creatures’ (1985) had elements of country music and featured the steel guitar. It became the best selling album of the band and went double Platinum in the U.S.

Byrne composed five songs for the score of the movie ‘The Last Emperor’ in 1987.

The band produced two more albums ‘True Stories’ (1986) and ‘Naked’ (1988) before breaking up.

Byrne established a world music record label Luaka Bop in 1988 and released a solo album ‘Rei Momo’ in 1989. The album music consisted of a combination of meringue, samba, mambo, and cumbia song styles.

As an artist who is more concerned about expressing his creativity rather than achieving commercial success, Byrne is someone who releases albums at his own pace. He released just three albums during the 1990s including the self titled ‘David Byrne’ (1994).

He began the new millennium with the release of ‘Look into the Eyeball’ (2001) and brought out three more albums, the most recent one being ‘Love this Giant’ (2012).

His music has also been featured extensively on movie soundtracks and theatrical productions.

Major Works

He co-founded the critically acclaimed new wave band Talking Heads which was greatly appreciated for its avant-garde style of music. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He formed the record label Luaka Bop which releases music and compilations from all over the world, notably from Cuba, Africa, Latin America and the Far East. The label has introduced several artists like Los De Abajo, Jim White and Zap Mama to the world.

Awards & Achievements

Byrne along with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su won the Academy Award for the Best Original Score for the movie ‘The Last Emperor’ in 1987. They also won the Grammy Award for the Best Instrumental Composition Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for the same movie in 1988.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married costume designer Adelle Lutz in 1987 and had a daughter with her. The couple divorced in 2004.

He was in a relationship with artist Cindy Sherman from 2007 to 2011.

Trivia

He plays the guitar right handed even though he is left handed.

He uses a cycle as his main means of transport and does not own a car.

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David Byrne awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1988Best Music, Original ScoreThe Last Emperor (1987)

Golden Globe Awards

1988Best Original Score - Motion PictureThe Last Emperor (1987)

Grammy Awards

1989Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or TelevisionThe Last Emperor (1987)

David Byrne biography timelines

  • // 14th May 1952
    David Byrne was born in Scotland to Tom, an electronics engineer, and Emma. He has one sibling.
  • // 1970 To 1971
    He attended the Rhode Island School of Design during the 1970-71 term and the Maryland Institute College of Art during the next term. He dropped out of college to pursue a career in music.
  • // 1975
    He went to New York and formed a band called the Talking Heads with Chris Frantz, a fellow student from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Chris’s girlfriend Tina Weymouth. The band performed its first gig in 1975.
  • // 1977
    The band grew to include multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison in 1977. The very same year, their debut album ‘Talking Heads: 77’ was out. The single ‘Psycho Killer’ made it to the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
  • // 1978
    Their second album ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ was released in 1978. It had a blend of funky bass, country, and punk music and became very popular.
  • // 1979 To 1980
    The success of the album prompted the band to bring out two more albums in quick succession
  • // ‘Fear of Music’ (1979) and ‘Remain in Light’ (1980)—both of which went Gold in the U.S.
  • // 1981
    The band took a hiatus till 1983. Meanwhile Byrne brought out his debut solo album ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’ in 1981.
  • // 1983
    Talking Heads released the album ‘Speaking in Tongues’ in 1983. It was their first big commercial breakthrough. The album’s release was followed by a promotional tour.
  • // 1985
    Their next album ‘Little Creatures’ (1985) had elements of country music and featured the steel guitar. It became the best selling album of the band and went double Platinum in the U.S.
  • // 1987
    Byrne composed five songs for the score of the movie ‘The Last Emperor’ in 1987.
  • // 1987 To 2004
    He married costume designer Adelle Lutz in 1987 and had a daughter with her. The couple divorced in 2004.
  • // 1988 To 1989
    Byrne established a world music record label Luaka Bop in 1988 and released a solo album ‘Rei Momo’ in 1989. The album music consisted of a combination of meringue, samba, mambo, and cumbia song styles.
  • // 1991 To 1999
    As an artist who is more concerned about expressing his creativity rather than achieving commercial success, Byrne is someone who releases albums at his own pace. He released just three albums during the 1990s including the self titled ‘David Byrne’ (1994).
  • // 2001 To 2012
    He began the new millennium with the release of ‘Look into the Eyeball’ (2001) and brought out three more albums, the most recent one being ‘Love this Giant’ (2012).
  • // 2007 To 2011
    He was in a relationship with artist Cindy Sherman from 2007 to 2011.

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  • What is David Byrne birthday?

    David Byrne was born at 1952-05-14

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    David Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland

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    David Byrne's nationalities is American,Scottish

  • Who is David Byrne spouses?

    David Byrne's spouses is Adelle Lutz (m. 1987–2004)

  • Who is David Byrne childrens?

    David Byrne's childrens is Malu Abeni Valentine Byrne

  • How tall is David Byrne?

    David Byrne's height is 183

  • Who is David Byrne's father?

    David Byrne's father is Tom

  • Who is David Byrne's mother?

    David Byrne's mother is Emma

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