A sad day for music

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    Sep 15, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    Pink Floyd's Richard Wright Dies At 65

    Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.

    Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

    Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

    The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.

    In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and sang.

    The band released a series of commercially and critically successful albums including 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon," which has sold more than 40 million copies. Wright wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for that album, and later worked on the group's epic compositions such as "Atom Heart Mother," "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

    I can't tell you how depressed this makes me. Pink Floyd has long been my favorite band, surpassing all others by leaps and bounds. Though I'm not old enough to have lived during their early years (or even their later years), I remember buying my first Pink Floyd album, Wish You Were Here and beginning an obsession with the group's music.

    So here's to you, Richard. Shine on, you crazy diamond.
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    Sep 15, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    I know I am getting old when a member of one of the bands I listened to growing up dies. Very sad. One of the original founders of Pink Floyd died in the last couple of years, Syd Barrett, now one of the main creative forces.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 15, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    I guess you could say that he is now "comfortably numb."