Monday, September 15, 2008

Richard Wright, 1943-2008

I was saddened today to see news of the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.

Though my tastes turned to punk as I headed into my twenties, I always had a soft spot in my heart for Pink Floyd, particularly the Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here albums. Wright's glorious keyboard was always a key part of "Floyd's" sound. When I was a teenager, and was taking piano lessons, I got the sheet music for Dark Side so that I could learn the piano part in "Great Gig In The Sky." Thanks, Richard, for that and the other great music.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I know they were talking about the other Pink Floyd guy when they wrote it but it applies here as well, "Shine on you crazy diamond."

Isorski said...

His playing on the albums you note is so tasty.The guy knew how to leave space between the notes. I used to be able to hack my way through Great Gig on the piano too but that was many moons ago.

I posted a tribute at my blog too, at

Tenacious S said...

That music has transcended decades now. Sweetness discovered them and was sad to hear the news as well.

Erik Donald France said...

Yeah, it's a bummer.