David Cross (musician)

David Cross (musician)
This article refers to the musician, for other people named David Cross, see David Cross (disambiguation)

David Cross (born April 23, 1949) is an electric violinist born in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England, best known for playing with progressive rock band King Crimson during the 1970s[1] (particularly on Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red). He also plays keyboards and Mellotron.[2]

Since the mid 1980s he has led his own band, the earlier incarnations of which featured American drummer Dan Maurer, English keyboard player Sheila Maloney and the Liverpool bassist/vocalist John Dillon. Former and current King Crimson members John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Richard Palmer-James and Peter Sinfield have all guested on his solo projects.

Cross is currently a senior lecturer in Music Education at London Metropolitan University.



With King Crimson

  • Larks Tongues in Aspic (1973)
  • Starless and Bible Black (1974)
  • Red (1974)
  • USA (1975)


  • Memos from Purgatory(1989)
  • The Big Picture (1992)
  • Testing To Destruction (1994)
  • Exiles (1998)
  • Closer Than Skin (2005)

With Radius

  • Sightseeing (1988)
  • Elevation (1989)
  • Arc Measuring (1990)
  • There Is No Peace (1994)
  • Severe Test: System Collusion (1995)
  • Civilisations (2000)


  • The Butterfly Ball (With Rod Edwards and Roger Hand) (1975)
  • Paul Egan: Island of Dreams (1978)
  • United Dairies: An Afflicted Man's Musica box (1981)
  • Shock Headed Peter: Life Extinguisher (1986)
  • Low Flying Aircraft: Low Flying Aircraft (1988)
  • Danielle Dax: 'Tomorrow Never Knows' (1990)
  • Dossier: Dossiers (1990)
  • Darling Buds: Crawdaddy (1990)
  • Jade Warrior: Distant Echoes (1992)
  • Rime of the Ancient Sampler: A Mellotron compilation (1993)
  • Joe Hisaishi: Chijyoh no rakuen (1994)
  • The Clearlight Orchestra: Forever Blowing Bubbles (1996)
  • Pyschomuzak: Send (1997)


  1. ^ David Cross at Allmusic
  2. ^ Credits at Allmusic

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