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Pink Floyd member Richard Wright dies at age 65 September 16, 2008

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Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.

The rock group’s spokesman, Doug Wright, who’s unrelated, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He said the band member’s family did not want to give more details about his death.

“Rick’s keyboards were an integral part of the Pink Floyd sound,” said Joe Boyd, a prominent record producer who worked with Pink Floyd early in its career.

The band released a series of commercially and critically successful albums including 1973’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” which has sold more than 40 million copies. Wright wrote “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “Us and Them” for that album, and worked on the group’s epic compositions such as “Atom Heart Mother,” “Echoes” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.”

By MEERA SELVA

The Associated Press

There is no other band  that comes close to Pink Floyd.  I remember listening to them while growing up, and they have definitely become one of my favorite bands.

Richard Wright wasn’t the biggest personality in Pink Floyd, but without him the band would not have had their very unique sound.  In my opinion and many others, Pink Floyd is one of the greatest Rock & Roll bands of all time.

David Gilmour the guitar player from Pink Floyd posted the following statement on his website:

No one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend.

In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten.

He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound.

I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on ‘Echoes’. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without ‘Us and Them’ and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’, both of which he wrote, what would ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ have been? Without his quiet touch the Album ‘Wish You Were Here’ would not quite have worked.

In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with ‘The Division Bell’, his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reactionto his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it’s a mark of his modesty thatthose standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

Like Rick, I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.

David Gilmour
Monday 15th September 2008

If you have never experienced the wonderful sound of Pink Floyd I would highly recommend listening to the albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals.  Those are three of my favorites from Pink Floyd.

Thank you for all the wonderful music. I am truely sadden by the death of Richard Wright, but his music will live on forever.

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