Goodbye Richard

Pink Floyd has been my musical influence for the better part of 20 years now. Richard Wright (Born 1943), Pink Floyd self taught keyboardist and singer/writer of many a good Floyd song died today at 65 years old of cancer. Wright recently toured with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on the “On an Island” tour in 2006.

Wright (shown at far right) was one of the original members of the Floyd including Syd Barrett (second from left at top) (who died in 06), Roger Waters (left top from Wright), and Nick Mason (far left). Gilmour (bottom center) joined the Floyd in 1968 after Syd could no longer function as a band member.

The NY Times has a good short bio on Wright.

One of my favorite Pink Floyd songs was written and sung by Wright – Remember a Day. Another great compilation by Wright is on the album Dark Side Of The Moon – Us and Them.

So goodbye Richard, thank you for some of the best music I have ever heard. You will be missed.

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