David Byrne Biography

David Byrne
David Byrne
  • Born May 14, 1952

David Byrne (/bɜːrn/; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, writer, actor, and filmmaker. He was a founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads (1975–1991).\n', '

Byrne has released solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction, and non-fiction. He has received Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.\n', '

David Byrne was born on 14 May 1952 in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, the elder of two children born to parents Tom (from Lambhill, Glasgow) and Emma. Two years after his birth, his parents moved to Canada, settling in Hamilton, Ontario. They then moved to the United States, making their home in Arbutus, Maryland when Byrne was eight or nine years old. His father worked as an electronics engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. His mother later became a teacher. The family had left Scotland in part because work for his father\'s engineering skills was in short supply, and in part because of the tensions in the wider family caused by his parents\' "mixed marriage", his father being Catholic and his mother being Presbyterian. Byrne recounted these events when he appeared on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 on 18 March 2018.\n', '


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