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The Great Gig In The Sky

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

Richard Wright(1943-2008) of Pink Floyd passed away today.

I’ve always been a big fan of the quieter members of bands; contemporaries like George Harrison, John Entwistle, and John Paul Jones for instance. Those whose contributions are easily overlooked, but nonetheless are integral to the music. While Wright’s songwriting was at a minimum during the band’s most successful period, he provided the texture of Pink Floyd’s sound. As David Gilmour wrote on his site today, “In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without ‘Us and Them’ and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’, both of which he wrote, what would ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ have been? Without his quiet touch the Album ‘Wish You Were Here’ would not quite have worked.”

That great supergroup in the sky just keeps getting bigger.

Remember a day before today
A day when you were young.
Free to play alone with time
Evening never came.
Richard Wright
“Remember a Day” from Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets