Richard Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd, died at age 65 at his British home from cancer.
Rick Wright had met Roger Waters and Nick Mason while they were students. He joined their group Sigma 6, which later became The Pink Floyd Sound in 1965.
Although less prolific than other members of the group, he wrote several songs considered classics in the repertoire of Floyd: the magnificent "The Great Gig In The Sky", orgasmic crescendo, and "Us And Them" which closes with mastery the concept-album "Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973), or "Wish You Were Here" (from the eponymous album released in 1975). Wright has also been an essential composer in writing some of the longest songs in the band's repertoire, such as "A Saucerful Of Secrets", "Echoes" or "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
The Great Gig In The Sky, live 1988
Us And Them
Staggered between personal problems and increasingly chaotic relationships with Roger Waters, he had been ousted from the group when recording "The Wall", and then only engaged as an acting musician during the album's promotional concerts. , in 1980 and 1981. Afterwards, Wright worked on some songs from the album "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" (1987), before becoming a full member of the group for the live album "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" "(1988), from Roger Waters.
In 2005, Wright joined David Gilmour, Nick Mason and, for the first time in twenty-four years, Roger Waters, four songs at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London.
Wish You Were Here, at Live 8 in 2005
Anne Jocteur Monrozier, with agencies