Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright dies

I was saddened to hear this:

Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Wright, a founding member of U.K. rock band Pink Floyd whose keyboard lines were an integral part of its psychedelic sound, has died. He was 65.

Wright died today after a short battle with cancer, said his spokesman, Doug Wright, who isn't related.

While Richard Wright gets credit mostly for his work on the keyboard -- which he taught himself -- he also wrote songs and sang on Floyd classics such as ``Time'' and ``Echoes.''

While not as central to Pink Floyd's sound and artistic vision as David Gilmour or Roger Waters, he was definitely part of the chemistry that made the band something special, particularly in his early days. One of his most famous compositions was the wordless "The Great Gig in the Sky" from Dark Side of the Moon:

Pink Floyd doesn't mean as much to me now as it did in late high school and college. But it was definitely a major part of my life. Another sad passing to mark. Here's Wright's Wikipedia entry.

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