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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 28 July 1943Hatch End, England, UK
Date of Death 15 September 2008London, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameRichard William Wright
Nickname Rick
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard William Wright was born on 28th July, 1943, in Hatch End, London. His parents, Bridie and Cedric Wright had two other children, Selina and Guinevere. He quickly developed an interest in jazz and classical piano.

Studying architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic in London, he met and formed a band with Roger Waters on bass, Nick Mason on drums, Bob Klose on guitar, Syd Barrett on guitars and vocals and Rick himself on keys. Initially they played R&B, but changed style when Bob Klose left. They became one of the premier art-rock bands in London, becoming synonymous with the underground scene in the city. They took the name Pink Floyd after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. On their debut album, The Piper of The Gates At Dawn, Barrett was the clear leader but Wright managed to sing lead on one song, Matilda Mother and sang harmony on Astronomy Domine.

By 1968 Barrett's mind was an acid casualty, so David Gilmour was brought in to replace him. Initially the group operated democratically, with Wright, Gilmour, Mason, and Waters all writing their own compositions. Wright's trademark was playing his piano through a Leslie speaker, which, coupled with Gilmour's guitar playing, became the musical foundation for the band. On several occasions, Wright would sing with Gilmour on the same song, providing tonal variety and balance to the vocals.

Unfortunately, by 1977 Waters became power hungry, and he saw Wright (as well as David Gilmour) as a rival for creative control of the band. After the 1977 Animals tour, Wright retreated to southern France and recorded a solo album, 1978's Wet Dream (right before bandmate David Gilmour began recording his own solo debut at the sane studio). However, he was initially not happy with the end result and did little to promote it. Waters fired Wright in 1979, during the final recording sessions for The Wall.

When the ambitious tour for The Wall came underway, Waters temporarily rehired Wright as a sideman. Wright agreed, as he had two children to support.

Wright teamed with Dave Harris from Fashion to form a duo called Zee. Their one album, Identity (1984), was a critical and commercial failure.

In 1987, he rejoined Pink Floyd, now minus Roger Waters towards the end of the recording of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason album. He was again, a salaried employee. Richard would be reinstated as a band member in 1992. For Pink Floyd's final studio album, 1994's Division Bell, he co wrote five songs. He also sang lead vocals on a Pink Floyd record for the first time in over 20 years. He followed that with another studio album, the ambient Broken China (1996).

In 2005, he performed alongside Gilmour, Mason and Waters when Pink Floyd reunited for Live 8.

In 2002, he made a cameo at David Gilmour's semi-acoustic shows in London, later going on to perform and sing on Gilmour's solo album "On An Island". When Gilmour toured the album in 2006, he was part of the band, alongside his son-in-law Guy Pratt. Invited by his one-time nemesis Waters to perform at one of his London shows in 2006, he declined, saying he was working on a solo album.

Richard died on 15 September, 2008 from cancer at the age of 65.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ronos

Spouse (3)

Millie (1996 - 2008) (his death) (1 child)
Franka (1984 - 1994) (divorced)
Juliette Gale (1964 - 1982) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Father-in-law of Guy Pratt, who played bass guitar for Pink Floyd from 1987 (the beginning of the "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" tour) until 1994 (the end of "The Division Bell" tour).
Reinstated into Pink Floyd in 1987, though due to legal wrangling, his photograph didn't appear in the original artwork for the "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Pink Floyd) in 1996.
Was forced to leave Pink Floyd during "The Wall" recording sessions in the fall of 1979. Paid as a session musician for the band's 1980-1981 world tour.
Father of Gala, and Jamie Wright, who was the drummer for the thrash metal band Mystic Game.
Attended the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture, where he met future band mates Nick Mason and Roger Waters. He left after a year.
Has a son Benjamin, with Millie.
Named his favourite albums as "Music From Big Pink" by The Band, "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop" by Jeff Beck, "Appalachian Spring: Bernstein Conducts Copland" by Aaron Copland, "Porgy and Bess" by Miles Davis, "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" by Brian Eno and David Byrne, "Passion" by Peter Gabriel, "The Royal Scam" by Steely Dan, "Remain In Light" by Talking Heads, "Symphony Number 3" by 'G=F3recki' and "The Colour Of Spring" by Talk Talk.

Personal Quotes (8)

[about Pink Floyd's 1975 record 'Wish You Were Here'] I think it's our best record. I will listen to that record for pleasure, and there aren't many other Floyd records that I can say that about
There was this big personality clash between me and Roger (Roger Waters), and at the end of the day I realised that I couldn't work with this person anyway - so I left.
It's a mistake thinking that drugs supplied Pink Floyd with the inspiration. The ones who took drugs were the ones who came to see the shows.
I could quite happily give you ten Miles Davis records as my ten favourite records of all time. The first music I ever heard was classical, because I was growing up in the days before rock'n'roll, but then I was exposed to jazz on radio stations and started listening to the more traditional players like Humphrey Lyttelton and Kenny Ball. Then I discovered Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue album and got very excited. Porgy And Bess is a brilliant record - the nearest thing to hearing a trumpet being made to sound like the human voice. I have to put this record on from beginning to end, because it stops you dead in your tracks. People might be surprised to hear me being so infatuated with jazz, but the influences in The Floyd (Pink Floyd) came from lots of different areas. Syd (Syd Barrett) was more into Bo Diddley; I had the more classical approach. If I was forced to pick an all-time favourite record, this would probably be it.
As far as rock guitarists go he's (Jeff Beck) got to be my all-time hero. He started as a blues guitarist just like Clapton (Eric Clapton), but he's investigated the possibilities of the instrument much more. You probably won't know this, but when Syd (Syd Barrett) left Pink Floyd we actually asked Jeff Beck to join, he was our first choice. He was doing OK at the time so he turned us down. There's one track on Guitar Shop called Where Were You? that's just this beautiful, melodic guitar sequence. I loved it so much that I took that feel for an instrumental called Sweet July on my new solo album. I wanted Beck to play on it but he turned me down. Again.
Remain In Light really knocked me out with all the cross-rhythms. The bass never seems to come in where you'd expect it. If you want to hear some incredible rhythmic things that are really working then the title track's the place to be. Of course I didn't analyse it when I first heard it, but I just knew that there was something different going on. Eno (Brian Eno) does it all the time as well, which is probably why he and David Byrne get on so well. I couldn't stop playing Once In A Lifetime when I first got the album, because it was the perfect example of that fantastic Talking Heads trick where they combine quirkiness with a real melodic ear. That's not easy to do, especially if you're trying to retain some integrity. You could always tell with this band that they weren't writing to be commercial - they were just doing the music that they really felt. There was something incredibly spontaneous about them. I've never seen Talking Heads live although I wish I had. That's the problem with being in a band yourself. You never have the time to see anyone play. When they're on somewhere you're invariably on somewhere else.
I've often eulogised Eno's (Brian Eno) musical abilities, but alongside his talent he's also a very nice guy. Sickening, isn't it?
I admire just about everything Peter Gabriel's ever done, from progressive to world music to pop. He's a great man with great ideas - oh, and he's a great musician. I feel very close to this music. I think in many ways Peter hears music the way that I hear it, so I'd have to say he's a kindred spirit.

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