Monday, September 15, 2008

Pink Floyd founding member Richard Wright dies

RIP: Pink Floyd's Richard Wright
By Eliot Van Buskirk EmailSeptember 15, 2008 | 2:24:12 PMCategories: R.I.P.

Picture_17 Pink Floyd founding member and keyboardist Richard Wright died on Monday following "a short struggle with cancer" at the age of 65, according to a note posted on the official Pink Floyd website.

"I really don't know what to say other than that he was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him," wrote bandmate David Gilmour, who joined Pink Floyd in 1968, on his blog. "And that's a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show (during the band's reunion tour) in 2006?"

The self-taught pianist and keyboardist will be missed. Listen below to four Pink Floyd songs featuring his work: "Astronomy Domine," with lead vocals by Wright; "Us and Them" and "The Great Gig in the Sky," both written by Wright; and the gorgeous "Fearless" from the album Meddle, believed to feature his compositional skills.

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