Richard Wright: 1943-2008

September 16, 2008  |  1:29pm
Richard Wright, founding member of the band Pink Floyd, passed away Monday after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 65.

Wright played keyboard and contributed to the writing of classic albums The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. Over the course of his career, he performed as a vocalist, dabbled in experimental composition, and mastered guitar, saxophone, piano, trombone, synthesizer and the Farfisa organ.

In the late '70s, he left Pink Floyd to pursue a solo career; he released two albums on his own and formed the short-lived pop group Zee before returning to Pink Floyd in 1987. Recently, he played in the 2005 Hyde Park reunion concert, then again last year at the Syd Barrett tribute performance.

Guitarist David Gilmour recently spoke to the AFP about his bandmate, saying, "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 recognised Pink Floyd sound."

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