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David Byrne Biography

Birth Place:
Dumbarton, Scotland
Profession
Rock singer, composer, actor, director, writer

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

Awards

  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best Music: winner
  • 1989BAFTA Film Awards-Best Score for a Film: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1988Grammy-Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television: winner
  • 1987Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): winner
  • 1987Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated

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