Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies

Some very bad news today, I was sad to learn that Pink Floyds' Richard Wright has died, aged 65.

A founding member and in the early days or the band along with Syd Barrett was seen as the bands dominant forces, he sang and wrote songs. Wright met Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

Wright wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for that album, and later worked on the group's epic compositions such as "Atom Heart Mother," "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

After tensions between him, Waters and Gilmour grew and finally came to a head during the making of "The Wall", Wright was relegated to what amounted to the the position of session musician on the tour of "The Wall". After Waters left the band in 1985, Wright started to record with Mason and Gilmour again on the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"

Wright went on to form the band "Zee" along with Dave Harris of the band "Fashion", and released the album "Identity" that was their only album release. He also released the solo albums "Wet Dream" (1978) and "Broken China" (1996).

In July 2005, Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London — the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together, Wright also worked on Gilmour's solo projects, including recently playing on the 2006 album "On An Island" and the accompanying world tour.

He was believed to have been battling Cancer, and died at his home.

Richard William Wright (28 July 1943 - 15 September 2008)

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