Richard William "Rick" Wright was born on July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, Middlesex, England. Pianist, keyboardist, singer and author
It had a touch of richly textured keyboard, still vital ingredient and a distinctive feature of Pink Floyd's sound. He sings frequently as backstage voice, occasionally as the lead voice on stage and in the studio with, notably on "Time", "Echoes", "Astonomy Domine" and "Matilda Mother".
Although he is not an author
His father was leading biochemist at Unigate Dairies. He grew up in the Hatch End, north of London, and was educated at 'Haberdashers' Aske's School'.
Rick learned to play the guitar at the age of 12, from
This is where he meets Roger Waters and Nick Mason, and with them founded what was first called "The Pink Floyd Sound" in 1965. With them he had previously been part of "Sigma 6 "and" The Screaming Abdabs ", but unlike Waters and Mason, he had little interest in architecture and after only a year of study, he left to begin studies at the" London College of Music "
In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright was a prominent musical force in the band, but not as much as Barrett, though he wrote and sang several songs of his own composition between 1967 and 1968. Though not credited as as singer on "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn", he has sung on songs written by Syd Barrett such as "Astronomy Domine" and "Matilda Mother", as well as notable contributions to the harmonies on "The Scarecrow" and "Chapter" 24 ". Examples of his earlier compositions include "Remember A Day", "See-
He has also made essential contributions with Pink Floyd, epic compositions like "Atom Heart Mother", "Echoes" (on which he sang as lead singer), and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". His most popular compositions are "The Great Gig in The Sky" and "Us and Them" from the album "The Dark Side of The Moon". It has also contributed significantly to other classics of the
He recorded his first solo project, "Wet Dream", and released it in September 1978, with minimal commercial success. Battling personal problems and his increasingly chaotic relationship with Roger Waters, he forced him to resign from Pink Floyd during the "The Wall" sessions, which threatened to end the recording of the film. album if Wright did not leave the band. However, he was retained as a session musician, and as an employee during subsequent concerts to promote this album in 1980 and 1981. Ironically, Wright was the only one to profit financially from these extremely spectacular shows, the net financial loss before be supported by the remaining three full-time members. He was the only member of the group not to attend the premiere of the film version of "The Wall –
In 1984, he formed a new musical duet with Dave Harris (Fashion group) called Zee. They signed a recording contract with EMI Records and released a single album, "Identity," which was a commercial and criticized flop. Wright once again worked as a salaried musician alongside Pink Floyd after Waters left. Due to legal and contractual issues of his "mercenary" status during the "The Wall Word Tour" tour, his photo was not included on the 1987 album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and his name was inscribed in smaller letters than those of Mason and Gilmour. In 1994, when his reinstatement into the group became official, he co-authored
In 1996, inspired by his successful debut in "The Division Bell," Wright released his second solo album, "Broken China," with contributions from Sinead O'Connor on vocals, Pino Palladino on bass, and Manu Katché on drums. , Dominic Miller (known for playing guitar with Sting), and Tim Renwick, another Pink Floyd associate, on the electric guitar. "Broken China" marked a new phase in Rick Wright's style and artistic style, with extensive use of computer-assisted recording and production techniques, assisted by Anthony Moore, with whom he co-authored
On July 2, 2005, Wright, Gilmour and Mason were joined by Roger Waters on stage for the first time since "The Wall" concerts for "Live 8" in London. Wright underwent eye cataract surgery in November 2005, preventing him from attending Pink Floyd's induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Waters, who was also unable to attend the band's induction because of rehearsals for the opening of his opera "Ça Ira" in Rome, appeared live on video and said, at the joke:
"Rick did not have an operation in the eyes, he and I fled to Rome and we are happy to live in a small apartment off Via Veneto".
Wright's last live performance was "The Madcaps Last Laugh", a tribute concert to the Barbican in London on May 10, 2007. It was organized by Joe Boyd in memory of Syd Barrett, who had died in July of the same year . Boyd brought together many guest musicians, all of whom paid tribute to Syd Barrett. Those-
Wright married his first wife, Juliette Gale, in 1965. They had two children, James and Gala, and divorced in 1982. He married his second wife, Franka, in 1984, and divorced in 1994. He then married his third wife, Mildred "Millie" Hobbes (to whom he dedicates his second solo album, "Broken China") in 1996, with whom he had a son, Ben. Their marriage ended in 2007. In 1996, Wright's daughter, Gala married Guy Pratt, a session musician who played bass for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour since Waters left. In his later years, Wright lived in France and spent time on his yacht, which he owned in the Virgin Islands.
Wright died of cancer, undisclosed, and virulent, in his home in the United Kingdom
David Gilmour will say;
"No one can replace Rick Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend. In the jumble of arguments about who Pink Floyd was, Rick's enormous contribution has often been forgotten. He was sweet, modest and private … but his soulful voice and play were vital, magical components of our most recognizable Pink Floyd sound. I have never played with someone like him. The mix of his voice and mine and our musical telepathy reached their first major bloom in 1971 on "Echoes". In my opinion, all the greatest moments of Pink Floyd are those where it is at its maximum. After all, without "Us and Them" and "The Great Gig in the Sky", both written by him, what would have been "The Dark Side of The Moon"? Without his calm touch, the album "Wish You Were Here" would not have quite worked out. In our middle years, for many reasons, he lost his way for a while, but in the early '90s with' The Bell Division ', his vitality, a spark, and humor returned to him, then the reaction of the public to his appearances during my tour in 2006 was extremely uplifting … and it is a mark of his modesty, that these ovations were received as a huge surprise for him … but not for the rest of 'between us. Like Rick, I can not find the words to express my feelings, but I loved him and he will miss me so much. "
Roger Waters will say;
"I was very sad to hear Rick's untimely death. I knew he had been sick, but the end came suddenly, and shocking. My thoughts are with his family, especially (his children) Jamie and Gala, and their mom Juliet, whom I knew very well in the past days, and whom I have always loved and admired. As for the man and his work, it is difficult to exaggerate the importance of his musical voice with Pink Floyd of the '60s and' 70s. The intriguing, jazz-influenced, modulations and sound systems so familiar to "Us and Them" and "The Great Gig in the Sky", which lent their extraordinary humanity and majesty, to these two compositions, are ubiquitous throughout the work collaboration, which we have done in these times. Rick's ear for harmonic progression was our bedrock. I am very grateful for the opportunity that Live 8 offered me to engage with him, David and Nick for the last time. I wish there were more.
Nick Mason will say;
"Like any group, you can never quite quantify who does what. But Pink Floyd would not have been Pink Floyd if we had not had Rick. I think there is a feeling now, especially after all the wars that were going on with Roger and David, trying to make clear what their contributions were, what can
In the early days of the band, Wright poked the brass before settling on the Farfisa organ as his main instrument on stage (in addition to piano and Hammond organ in the studio). For a brief period in 1969, he played the vibraphone on several of the band's songs and in some shows, and even played trombone on "Biding My Time". During Pink Floyd's years of training with Syd Barrett, Wright relied heavily on his Farfisa organ, through a Binson Echorec, to achieve distinctive sounds that helped take advantage of their "psychedelic rock band". He used a Mellotron on "See-