The Girl Group David Gilmour Picked As His Favorite

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Although rock music is a male-oriented genre, there are many great female representatives of rock. From Ann Wilson, Joan Jett, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Grace Slick to Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Evanescence’s Amy Lee — many women have revolutionized the rock and roll scene and become great examples.

Apart from the rock scene, there are, of course, many great female musicians in other music genres. As it turns out, David Gilmour was a fan of a successful American vocal girl group who were the second all-female group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Which Girl Band Was David Gilmour A Fan Of?

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In 2003, David Gilmour joined the BBC Radio show ‘Desert Island Discs.’ In this show, the artists are asked to pick eight songs they would listen to if they were trapped on a desert island. After selecting the eight, they also choose their favorite one, dubbed ‘the castaway’s favorite.’

Gilmour’s list included Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and The Kinks, but it seems his favorite song to listen to while being trapped on an island would be a dance song. Speaking to Desert Island Discs, the guitarist said it’s a tough choice, but he prefers Martha And The Vandellas for dancing.

David Gilmour then elaborated on his choice and picked their song ‘Dancing In The Street.’ The guitarist admitted not dancing quite often due to his advanced age, but he would want dance music to accompany him on the deserted beach or wherever he would be.

During the conversation with Desert Island Discs, David Gilmour said the following:

“It’s a tough choice, isn’t it? I’d just have to take Martha and the Vandellas, I think, for the dancing.”

Gilmour then elaborated on why he chose Martha And The Vandellas:

“I’m going to need to dance. I don’t do it very often, of course, at my hugely advanced age. But I need a little bit of Tamla Motown sort of dance music to accompany me on this beach, wherever I am. This is ‘Dancing In The Street,’ not on the beach.”

Formed in Detroit in 1957, Martha And The Vandellas were an American vocal girl group that achieved fame with the record label Motown in the 1960s. ‘Dancing In The Street’ were their signature single, and it seems Gilmour was also a big fan of this song.

Below, you can listen to Martha And The Vandellas’ hit ‘Dancing In The Street.’