One of the titans of Progressive Rock guitar was born on this day in 1946 in Cambridge, England. David Gilmour would become a member of Pink Floyd shortly before Syd Barrett exited the band. Raised on the music of Bill Haley, Elvis, the Everly Brothers and other Rock pioneers, getting introduced to Barrett and the other members of Pink Floyd redirected him into a whole new realm of creative expression on guitar. When it became apparent that Barrett's personal demons would make it impossible for him to continue in the band, Gilmour stepped up. Barrett's parting with the band was announced on Gilmour's birthday in 1968.
Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor were inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame on March 6th, 2000. Aerosmith released Push To Play on this day in 2001. Ten Years After guitar wizard Alvin Lee died on 3/6/2013 while undergoing surgery, and Melbourne, Australia honored Bon Scott by naming a street after the late AC/DC front man and unveiling a statue of him.