Monday, September 15, 2008

The Great Gig in the Sky

Richard Wright, a founding member of the classic and all time great rock band, Pink Floyd, lost his battle to cancer today at the age of 65.

Wright was an instrumental force in the bands creation along with legends, Syd Barrett, Roger Mason and Roger Waters.

"Rick's keyboards were an integral park of the Pink Floyd sound," said Joe Boyd, a prominent record producer who worked with Pink Floyd early in its career. Wright wrote the Floyd classics "Shine on you crazy Diamond","Echo", "Us and Them" and the place he's playing now, "The Great Gig in the Sky".

Wright had issues primarily with Waters (as did David Gilmour) and left the band after "The Wall" tour was finished. He rejoined the group when Waters left in 1985 and helped produce the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" with Gilmour and Mason.
As David Gilmour said "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."

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