Pink Floyd member Wright deceased, may he rest in peace…

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Monday 09/15/2008

Pink Floyd member Wright dies at 65 ::RIP::

A Pink Floyd spokesman says founding member Richard Wright has died. He 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. The spokesman is Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist.
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.”

He left the group in the early 1980s to form his own band but rejoined Pink Floyd for their 1987 album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason.”

Richard William Wright was born in London on 28 July 1945 of a well to do family. His parents, Bridie and Cedric Wright had two other children, daughters: Selina and Guinvere. He went to the exclusive Harberdashers’ school and at 17 he went to the Regent Street School of Architecture and there he met bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason. They set up a group at college and were joined six months later by lead guitarist Syd Barrett.

Richard Wright:” It was great when Syd joined. Before him, we’d play the R&B classics, because that’s what all groups where supposed to then. But I never liked R&B very much. I was actually more of a jazz fan. With Syd, the direction changed, it became more improvised around the guitar and keyboards. Roger started playing the bass as a lead instrument and I started to introduce more of my classical feel.”

They went under various names, including The Meggadeaths, Sigma 6, The Abdabs(Juliette Gale was part of the Abdabs who married Ricahrd Wright.), Leonard’s Lodgers and The T-Set, before settling on the name The Pink Floyd Sound, which was taken from of Syd Barrett’s favorite bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. As their confidence grew, they went from pop and R&B covers to their own extended psychedelic improvisations. Barrett became the band’s chief songwriter in their early stages, contributing most of their songs on their first album (The Piper at the Gates of Dawn) and their two hit singles ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘See Emily Play’. After two Top 20 singles and a Top 10 album in’67 , Pink Floyd looked set for a successful career but Syd’s experiments with LSD led him to become even more bizarre and eccentric, until eventually he was dismissed from the group in April 1968, to be replaced by David Gilmour.

After David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett, the band gradually redefined their style over half a dozen albums. They released two singles after Piper: “Apples And Oranges” where the b-side included the Wright song “Paintbox”. The A-side on the other single “It would be so nice” is by Wright too. The next album was “A Saucerful of Secrets” which included two Wright compositions. The following year, Pink Floyd released “More” and “Ummagumma”. The band was allowed to combine a straightforward live album with a second disc, comprising four sections, each recorded by one band member as a solo activity. Rick Wright’s instrumental contribution, Sysyphus (parts 1-4) was named after a character in Greek mythology. Part 1 is a mystical synthesizer with timpani, while in places Part 2 could easily be taken for a romantic-era classical piano sonata. Part 3 is very experimental, and Part 4 opening with bird-song, relies heavily on Wright’s Mellotron, eventually returning to the theme of Part 1. Ummagumma was followed by “Atom Heart Mother” in 1970, but it wasn’t until 1971’s Meddle with the side-long Echoes inspired by Wright’s single piano note fed through his Leslie rotating speaker, that the band regained the prospects they’d shown four years earlier.

<<editors note>>
May he find rest in peace in the next dimensions