He is a
guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist born David Charles Gregory in Swindon, England, who began his life in music when he
started to learn the piano when he was 9 years old.
In 1966, when
he was a young teenager, he started to teach himself the guitar and formed
a band with two of his friends.
He managed to get enough money together for his first guitar in
Christmas of that year which found him becoming lead guitarist of his group
but ended his piano studies.
on a bass player for the group they called themselves Four Aces and
performed their debut gig in 1967.
They disbanded that same year but he teamed up with another friend
in 1968 and they became the Target.
They were joined by various different singers over time and
performed gigs at various local venues. They then changed their name to Pink
Warmth later that year.
In 1969 he and
his friend from Target got together with a drummer to form the blues trio Catfish. Before long they were joined by a
singer and also a friend who looked after the business side of things like
getting them to gigs and looking after the equipment.
He got himself
a daytime job in 1969 as a factory clerk but he continued working with the
band. They changed their name
to Orange and managed to get gigs where they were
the warm-up act at the local college every now and again as well as
occasional Monday night spots at the local ballroom. They disbanded in 1970 and aside
from a very few attempts to form another band he pretty much stayed out
music for the next year and a half.
In 1972 he
became a member of New Country Roads who were also known as Blue Velvet
after answering an advert in the paper. He performed with them for the next
year and a half or so and then he co-formed the group Alehouse who gave
their first performance in February 1974. In May they made their debut on
local television and the next year they landed an EMI recording test but to
In 1976 he
left Alehouse and was unfortunately made redundant at the factory. However, he manage
to land a professional job with the progressive rock band Profile who he
remained with for the next year.
employed by the White Arrow delivery service in 1977 and also put together
the bans Dean Gabber and His Gaberdines. They performed locally for the
duration of 1978 and in early 1979 he was asked to audition for the group
XTC which was successful and was the turning point for a professional
career as a musician. He recorded
Drums and Wires with them that
with David as lead guitarist, achieved a huge following in the UK with chart hits such as “Making
Plans for Nigel”, “Sgt. Rock” and “Senses Working Overtime”as well as several albums and in 1984 the
group also created their alter-ego band known as The Dukes of Stratosfear.
He performed and recorded with them for the next 20 years until he
left in 1999 before finishing the album Apple
Venus Volume 1 due to “musical differences”.
At the same time
as his work with XTC, and up to present day, he has also a much sought
after session musician. Some of the artists and groups he has worked with
include Marc Almond, The Big Dish, Jason Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Johnny
Hates Jazz, Lulu, Aimee Mann and Mark Owen.
He has also
been involved in playing for groups such as Steve Hogarth’s
h-Band, Porcupine Tree and Pugwash and was a
guest musician with Big Big Train in 2009, later
named as a member in 2012, and a member of Tin Train in the 2010s.
His album output
is numerous with a select few of them including Am I the Kinda Girl? by Cathy Dennis,
Peter Gabriel (3) by Peter
Gabriel, Psonic Psunspot
by The Dukes of Stratosphear, Ice Cream Genius by Steve Hogarth, Rarities,
B-Sides & Other Stuff by Sarah McLachlan,
Lightbulb Sun by Porcupine Tree, Jollity by Pugwash,
The Big Express, Black Sea, English
Settlement, Mummer, Nonsuch, Oranges and Lemons
and Skylarking by XTC.
Games Without Frontiers (Peter
(Charisma CB 354)(UK45)