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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
Made his directing debut in 1986 with the episodic comedy feature
, which he also starred in and wrote.
Released his first traditional solo album,
, 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
Attended Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
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