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Another Brick in the Wall…Pink Floyd is Blue Today

16 Sep

Richard Wright, 1943-2008

Rock legend and Pink Floyd founder, Richard Wright, succumbed to cancer yesterday at the age of 65.  Along with the late Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, Wright hit the scene in 1965 with Pink Floyd and the psychadelic infused The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Wright was the keyboardist and sometimes tempest of Pink Floyd who had on-going differences with Roger Waters.  Waters actually tried to kick Wright out of the band in the early ’70s and relegated him to the background on the epic Dark Side of the Moon.  Matter of fact, he didn’t even record on 1983’s The Final Cut. 

As tensions grew between he, Waters, and David Gilmour, Wright left Pink Floyd and formed a new band called Zee that didn’t see much success.  When Waters left Pink Floyd, Wright re-joined his old friends Mason and Gilmour in Pink Floyd in 1985.  In 2005, during “Live 8” Waters joined his old bandmates for a Pink Floyd performance.  It was the first time they had appeared together in 25 years.

Gilmour, Waters, Mason & Wright

Gilmour, Waters, Mason & Wright

David Gilmour expressed the loss of Richard Wright as such:

“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” he said. “I have never played with anyone quite like him.”

Pink Floyd is a Rock institution and we have lost one hip professor.

  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

  Money, Live 8 “Reunion”

  The Wall, The Anthem of a Generation

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Posted by on September 16, 2008 in memorials, music legends, rock

 

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4 responses to “Another Brick in the Wall…Pink Floyd is Blue Today

  1. Linda T

    September 17, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Thank you for this! I especially loved watching “The Wall”. It brought back so many memories of listening to the vinyl copy and poring over the album liner and notes. I love in the video how the “poem” read by the teacher is actually the lyrics to “Money”. “Boy fancies himself a poet, indeed.” RIP Richard Wright.

     
  2. AH

    September 19, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Pink Floyd’s music was heard daily in our house when my son was still living at home. He even turned his bedroom door into a relica of The Wall album cover.
    Still listen every once in a while.

    This is an excellent piece on Richard Wright

    http://retrolowfi.com/2006/08/17/richard-wright-pink-floyds-secret-weapon/

    “It may not be the most popular opinion, but it’s certainly an arugable one: Richard Wright was Pink Floyd’s secret weapon. Now it’s true that you don’t hear his name brought up when people are discussing the merits of all things Floydian, but that’s really his own doing. He’s a shy, reserved gentleman that doesn’t do many interviews nor does he really ever speak much in public. Considering he was ousted from the band for a period of time, some don’t even consider him an ‘official’ member of Pink Floyd which is a load of rubbish. Here’s a few myths we’d like to debunk concerning Mr. Wright: “

     
  3. A. Menaidy

    September 16, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Some inaccuracies there. Richard Wright was not “relegated to the background” in the Dark Side of the Moon, in fact there were no problems with the band members during that period and which marked perhaps their most collaborative efforts. Ironically DSM was the album that perhaps contained Wrights greatest contributions, including Us and Them and the Great Gig in the Sky.

    The problematic period for the band (and for Wright and Waters, as well as Gilmour and Waters) were the late 70’s to the mid 80’s. Write was ‘relegated’ to a “session player” in The Wall album (but played in live tours). The The Final Cut (1983) was the only Floyd album which did not feature Wright.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wright_(musician)

    The excellent documentary “The Making of the Dark Side of the Moon” which shows how each song was made and who did what in those songs:

     

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