Didier Malherbe

Born 22 January 1943.


Didier Antonin Malherbe (born January 22, 1943 in Paris, France) is a saxophonist, flautist and duduk player. He was one of the founders of the Canterbury sound band Gong.

In Paris in May 1968 he met Australian singer, guitarist, poet and ex-Soft Machine member Daevid Allen, with whom he was to start Gong, an international community band incubated in Deya, Majorca, that toured France and Europe before appearing on the British scene starting at the first Glastonbury festival in June 1971.

Virgin Records signed them in 1973, and their album Camembert Électrique appeared in the charts. Gong toured extensively around the UK and Europe while producing the albums of their "Radio Gnome trilogy": Flying Teapot, Angel's Egg and You. Malherbe was often billed as "Bloomdido Bad de Grass". In 1975, when Allen left Gong, Malherbe along with Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Pierre Moerlen, Miquette Giraudy as Gong recorded 1975's Shamal. Hillage and Giraudy departed soon after. 1976's Gazeuse! featured Alan Holdsworth and Mino Cinelu in their place. Mike Howlett departed after the recording of that album.

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