Monday, September 15, 2008

Rick Wright, 1943-2008. R.I.P.

Rick Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 65.

Wright principally played keyboards but occasionally sang lead vocal. He was more prominent in Pink Floyd's earlier days in the mid-1960's when Syd Barrett was the band's creative genius. But with Barrett's departure due to his declining mental health, Roger Waters emerged as the band's leader and was often at odds with Wright and Waters would eventually fire Wright from the band while working on their 1979 album The Wall.

Wright becomes the second member of Pink Floyd to ascend to the great gig in the sky. Barrett died in July 2006.

My favorite Rick Wright composition was "Remember A Day" from their 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets. Take a listen at

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