R.I.P. Richard Wright, co-founder of Pink Floyd

Yeah, shoot. Lehman Brothers can collapse, AIG can go south, but this one affects me personally.

And now, he was not 165 years old, only 65.

1843-2008? Try 1943...
Richard Wright: 1843-2008? Try 1943...

The above was from the Google’s search results for Richard Wright. The top link was a special link to The New York Times’ obit. I hope he’d get a grin out of it.

The omnipresent sound of Richard Wright’s synthesizers and keyboards were a vital part of every Pink Floyd record from 1967’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn to 1975’s Wish You Were Here. Though his presence was diminished on the two subsequent albums, Animals and The Wall, Wright’s distinctive sliding piano line made “Dogs” more than just another Roger Waters rant, but arguably one of the last fine “true” Pink Floyd songs, with the sole exception of “Comfortably Numb.” (Let the flame war begin…)

I just got his last (1996) solo album Broken China a few weeks ago, and when I’ve had a chance to listen to it, I’ve been struck by how different it was from anything I’d heard from Wright or his former bandmates. Though he’s gone now, I hope there will be just one more unreleased project that will surface. If not, we can hear him on David Gilmour’s new record. He’s in the back, making the album magical. Just as his did in Pink Floyd.

Rest in peace, Rick. We’ll miss you.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.