Richard Wright: 1943-2008

Richard Wright

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 Moonand 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 spokewere vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound."

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