9.15.2008

RIP - Pink Floyd Founding Member Richard Wright

Richard Wright, a founding member of the legendary rock group Pink Floyd, has died after a short battle with cancer. Wright was 65.

Wright died Monday after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. His family did not want to give more details about his death.

Wright, was a self-taught pianist and keyboardist whose keyboard style was part of the unique blend of sound made famous by the band, appeared on Pink Floyds first album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” in 1967 and wrote several songs throughout his career with the band, including tracks on “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here.”

Richard Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason at college and joined their early band Sigma 6.

Sigma 6 eventually became Pink Floyd and Wright wrote and sang some of the band's key songs. He wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" from Pink Floyd's 1973 "The Dark Side Of The Moon."

3 comments:

Stormy Maverick said...

I'm sure he's shaking up those harp players in heaven about now! Thanks for the music!

anna karina said...

RIP Richard - you'll be missed!

sarge1875 said...

I think one of the coolest things was that he was self taught. Richard will be sorely missed.