David Rhodes


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There are several artists with this name: 1. an English guitarist collaborating with Peter Gabriel, 2. a British baroque guitarist and lutenist, 3. a British soul singer aka Danny Leake.
1) David Rhodes is an English guitarist, songwriter, and composer. He was born 2 May 1956 in London, the third of five children, to Philip and Elizabeth, a doctor and a homemaker, respectively. Among his early musical influences were his father, who played banjo ukulele, as well as the Telstars and the Beatles.

David started playing guitar in his early teens, while he was listening to a great deal of blues and jazz music, but put music aside to follow other passions - namely rugby football and the fine arts. At the age of 21, he met up with David Ferguson after both attended an unsatisfying concert, and the pair decided to break new musical ground by forming a band, unhampered by the fact that neither of them had any particular musical expertise. They started as an experimental performance group, which evolved first into Manscheinen and later into Random Hold, where they were joined by bassist Bill MacCormick, vocalist/guitarist Simon Ainley and drummer Peter Phipps.

The Randoms achieved some early success, came to the attention of Peter Gabriel and were subsequently invited to open for Gabriel on his 1980 U.S. tour. Soon after the tour, David left Random Hold, and has continued to record and tour with Peter Gabriel ever since (a 25-year collaboration).

In addition to his work with Gabriel, David has produced albums with T-Bone Burnett, Akira Inoue, Indio and Massimo DiCataldo. He composed the soundtrack for the Italian animated film "La Gabbianella E Il Gatto". David also collaborated with Peter Gabriel and Richard Evans on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack "The Long Walk Home", music from the film "Rabbit Proof Fence" and has composed numerous film and television soundtracks with Richard Evans (as "The Footnote").

He has lent his distinctive guitar style to albums by a wide variety of artists, including Roy Orbison, Tim Finn, Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading, The Pretenders and Scott Walker. He also composed the soundtrack for Atlantis III: The New World, the Cryo Interactive Entertainment video game.

Meanwhile he also released two albums as David Rhodes and The David Rhodes Band, Bittersweet and Rhodes.
2) The British lutenist David Rhodes has released several albums with baroque music either solo or in a duo, e.g. ..."Dead, I Sing Sweetly"...aesops.
3) A British soul singer aka Danny Leake with the '70s disco hit Hung Up in Mid-Air. Read more about David Rhodes on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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