It’s the feeling you get the first time you here shine one you crazy dimond. If you know the song you know what I mean. I remember, it was an experience unlike anything I had ever heard. This was Floyd. I am truely sad to here Richard Wright is gone. It is an end of an era. Floyd was more than a band, It was a revolution in musical inginuity. Thank you Richard Wright, Syd, Roger, David, Nick. You have made your place in history.
You will always shine,
Richard Wright, the founding member of Pink Floyd whose piano and synthesizer work played a critical part in the pioneering British psychedelic rock band’s ethereal sound, died Monday after a short battle with cancer, his spokesman said. He was 65.
Doug Wright, who is not a relative, said Wright died at his home in England and that his family did not wish to release any more information, the Associated Press reported.
Wright never achieved the high public profile of the group’s three key figures — founding singer-guitarist Syd Barrett and the often-feuding co-leaders, singer-bassist Roger Waters and singer-guitarist David Gilmour, who joined shortly before Barrett left in 1968.
But he wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s songs, and frequently provided a crucial component of the Pink Floyd sound. On the group’s landmark “Dark Side of the Moon” album, Wright was responsible for the thick electric piano chording on the 1973 hit “Money” as well as the swirling organ lines and classically inspired grand piano on “Us and Them,” a song he wrote with Waters.
He also co-wrote “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” one of the group’s signature songs from “Wish You Were Here,” the second of five Floyd albums to reach No. 1. The nine-part epic song is a salute to Barrett, who, after leaving the group, retreated into mental illness, often attributed to his drug use. He died in 2006.
Wright had no explanation for the astonishing longevity of the “Dark Side” album — it spent more time, 741 weeks, on the Billboard album chart than any other in history — or the extraordinary following the band inspired. The 1979 album “The Wall” spent 15 weeks at No. 1 and has been certified for worldwide sales of 23 million copies by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, putting it third on the list of all-time best sellers, behind “The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“I know we’ve made some great songs and great music,” Wright told Billboard last year, “but I can’t tell you why we’re so popular.”