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Richard Wright dies at 65; founding member of Pink Floyd

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  1. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wright16-2008sep16,0,5109454.story

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    Richard Wright dies at 65; founding member of Pink Floyd

    Though he lacked the high profile of bandmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the keyboardist shaped the British psychedelic group's sound.

    By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    September 16, 2008
    Richard Wright, the founding member of Pink Floyd whose piano and synthesizer work played a critical part in the pioneering British psychedelic rock band's ethereal sound, died Monday after a short battle with cancer, his spokesman said. He was 65.

    Doug Wright, who is not a relative, said Wright died at his home in England and that his family did not wish to release any more information, the Associated Press reported.


    Wright never achieved the high public profile of the group's three key figures -- founding singer-guitarist Syd Barrett and the often-feuding co-leaders, singer-bassist Roger Waters and singer-guitarist David Gilmour, who joined shortly before Barrett left in 1968.

    But he wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, and frequently provided a crucial component of the Pink Floyd sound. On the group's landmark "Dark Side of the Moon" album, Wright was responsible for the thick electric piano chording on the 1973 hit "Money" as well as the swirling organ lines and classically inspired grand piano on "Us and Them," a song he wrote with Waters.

    He also co-wrote “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” one of the group's signature songs from "Wish You Were Here," the second of five Floyd albums to reach No. 1. The nine-part epic song is a salute to Barrett, who, after leaving the group, retreated into mental illness, often attributed to his drug use. He died in 2006.

    Wright had no explanation for the astonishing longevity of the "Dark Side" album -- it spent more time, 741 weeks, on the Billboard album chart than any other in history -- or the extraordinary following the band inspired. The 1979 album "The Wall" spent 15 weeks at No. 1 and has been certified for worldwide sales of 23 million copies by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, putting it third on the list of all-time best sellers, behind "The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

    "I know we've made some great songs and great music," Wright told Billboard last year, "but I can't tell you why we're so popular."

    He quit the band in 1980 following their tour supporting the double album "The Wall" because of increasing tensions within the group.

    He rejoined the band a few years later, and, without Waters, the group put out "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in 1987 and "The Division Bell" seven years later.

    In recent years Waters has been playing "Dark Side of the Moon" in concert under his own name without any of the other original band members. Waters, Gilmour, Wright and drummer Nick Mason performed live together for the first time in 24 years at the 2005 Live 8 benefit concert in London.

    Wright released two solo albums, "Wet Dreams" in 1978 and "Broken China" in 1996, but neither made Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

    In a 2006 interview with the Independent newspaper in London discussing the DVD release of Pink Floyd's 1994 concert tour, Wright talked about the group's celebrated concerts, which helped expand the boundaries of what rock was capable of in a live setting through elaborate lighting and staging effects.

    "One of the things I always regret about being in Pink Floyd is that you can never go to see the show. I have no idea what it looks like. We know it's pretty powerful, but when you're on stage you have no clear idea of it."

    Richard William Wright was born July 28, 1943, in Hatch End, in northwest London.

    Early on he demonstrated an interest in classical and jazz piano, and his parents sent him to the exclusive Haberdasher's Aske's School as a boy and then, when he was 17, to the Regent Street School of Architecture, where he met Waters and Mason.

    About six months after they started playing together, they met Barrett.

    "It was great when Syd joined," Wright once said. "Before him, we'd play the R & B classics, because that's what all groups were 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."

    Barrett's tenure with the group was as profound as it was short-lived. They recorded a couple of singles that were hits in England, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play," and their 1967 debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," shortly after which the others essentially kicked Barrett out because of his increasingly erratic behavior.

    Wright is survived by sons Ben and Jamie, daughter Gala and a grandson, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.
     
  2. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    Richard Wright was a dam good musician he's a sad loss to the music world.



                                             
                                                Richard Wright
                                                    R.I.P
     
  3. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    All in all, he's just another brick in the wall ...... :(
     
  4. ssar

    ssar Well-Known Member

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    Agree, absolute legend.
    R.I.P.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Agreed absolute Legend. I hear Cathy Freemans brother died too
     
  6. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    Pink Floyd -- most over-rated band ever.
     
  7. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sure comapred to some of the bands that came after them, but they had a massive influence on a lot of music. They were sooooo experimental and really were musical genius'. They were pretty far ahead of their time.

    You also have to understand that with pink floyd it wasn't just about their music it was about the shows they put on, still rated as some of the best concert light shows ever, they were a total package and some of their music still rings very true today.

    As a younger person it took me a while to realise how truly great they were, but you kind of have to forget about what came after them or at least factor PF in as an influence
     
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    Sure comapred to some of the bands that came after them, but they had a massive influence on a lot of music. They were sooooo experimental and really were musical genius'. They were pretty far ahead of their time.

    You also have to understand that with pink floyd it wasn't just about their music it was about the shows they put on, still rated as some of the best concert light shows ever, they were a total package and some of their music still rings very true today.

    As a younger person it took me a while to realise how truly great they were, but you kind of have to forget about what came after them or at least factor PF in as an influence
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    Well said Dan
     
  9. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Big call.........are you familiar with the work of Radiohead ??
     
  10. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    I am -- another over-rated band.
     
  11. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    A true great of the music world. The floyd shaped so many bands that followed and produced some of the finest albums ever. They were maasters of the full package, not like today where you get a collection of singles their albums flow seamlessly from song to song.
     
  12. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    CIG,

    What are your musical tastes & qualifications?

    Along with the Beatles, Floyd are one of the most innovative & pioneering bands that have ever existed. As a current musician, I basically have my entire existance to pretty much credit to these two bands. So many of the current genres can trace back to these two bands who with others allowed modern music to evolve.

    Rick Wright is Royalty.
    Nothing Less. RIP.

    C & C, the Radiohead call about being overrated, obviously you're not musical at all. Stick to what you know.
     
  13. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

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    No qualifications -- I can belt out the odd song on the guitar but that is it.

    I just find Pink Floyd to be wanky boring and over-dramatic. I may have a short attention span, but the songs just go on and on and on. I realise that the whole band have very talented members but to me it doesn't translate to music I want to listen to. Same thing with Radiohead.

    And my musical tastes --

    Smashing Pumpkins
    Beach Boys
    Arcade Fire
    Sufjan Stevens
    Wilco

    Top five.
     
  14. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Arcade Funeral are similar in a lot of ways to Floyd, but I can not handle that Emo rock :)

    Pumpkins, well you will find Pink Floyd on the list of Billy Corgans influences.

    You kind of are missing the point of floyd, a lot fo their genius was to do with the politics of the time as well.

    But some of their Lyrics were just amazingly haunting. They had so many levels to their music, and if you listen to some of the lyrics of say "Time" and "wish you were here" they are spot on!
     
  15. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'll agree on the Beach Boys. They're brilliant.

    You've already said short attention span, so that takes away any argument I can make.
    It took me a while to get in to Floyd, because I'm not so much into their commercial successes.

    Maybe try Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It's mostly psych-pop. Meddle is another album that I found converted me.

    As for Radiohead, they'e so varied that you must like something.
     
  16. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    ah yes, i remember playing piper for you one night, the next afternoon after we got up it was down to the mall to find it.

    it was the missing link between the beatles and the floyd.

    and as for Andrew Lloyd Webber - theif
     
  17. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yes Fluff, credit where credit's due.
    You gave me the Floyd I needed to get into it.

    I'm now trying to help other misguided souls in their hour of need.

    Gotta love prog-rock. From Floyd to Radiohead & Muse. That's what leaves a legacy for it's generation.
     

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