David Byrne



  • Birth Place: Dumbarton, Scotland
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/14/1952, Taurus
  • Profession: Rock singer; composer; actor; director; writer
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David Byrne Fast Facts:
  • Was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, but was raised in Baltimore, MD.
  • Formed a band called the Artistics with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth in the early 1970s, and this group eventually evolved into the Talking Heads.
  • Made his full-length debut with the band on Talking Heads: 77 (1977), which featured the group's first hit, "Psycho Killer."
  • Ventured into composing in the early '80s, creating the scores for  Twyla Tharp's dance project The Catherine Wheel and Jonathan Demme's big-screen comedy Married to the Mob (1988).
  • Made his directing debut in 1986 with the episodic comedy feature True Stories, which he also starred in and wrote.
  • Released his first traditional solo album, Rei Momo, in a joint venture with Sire Records and his own world-music label, Luaka Bop, in 1989.
  • Following the Talking Heads' dissolution in 1991, he refused to participate in a reunion five years later. The remaining members rechristened themselves the Heads and recruited guest vocalists for their poorly received 1995 album No Talking Just Head.
  • David Byrne Relationships:
  • Malu Abeni Valentine Byrne - Daughter
  • Cindy Sherman - Significant Other
  • Adelle Lutz - Ex-wife
  • David Byrne Awards:
  • 1987 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) - Winner
  • 1988 Golden Globe: Best Original Score - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1988 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Score for a Film - Nominee
  • 1988 Grammy: Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television - Winner
  • 2012 David di Donatello Awards: Best Music - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


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