Dave Murray (musician)

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David Michael Murray (born December 23, 1956 in England) is currently one of three guitarists in the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

David Michael Murray was born, of mixed Scottish and Irish descent, in Edmonton, London, on December 23, 1956. Like Steve Harris, who had been born the same year just a few miles up the road, as a boy Dave was a fanatical football player and fan, as well as a keen cricketer. But his family was poor - his father was disabled and his mother worked part-time as a cleaner - and the family never settled anywhere long enough for Dave to establish himself in any of the schools' teams he could have played for. By his reckoning, he had been to a dozen different schools by the time he left for good at the age of 16.

Dave's lead and solo work with the band showcases his amazingly contolled legato fluidity.

Dave is considered to be the second "original" member of Iron Maiden. Aside from Steve he is the only one to have appeared in every single Iron Maiden album since their debut in 1980.

Before the release of their debut album, and before they found singer Paul Di'Anno, Dave was let go from the band briefly when then-singer Dennis Wilcock demanded that either Dave went or he'd leave, and since it was harder for Maiden to get a singer than a guitarist, Steve Harris told Dave he'd have to leave.

Later, when Wilcock left the band, Steve asked Dave to come back, and Dave has been with the band ever since.

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