Richard Wright

Richard Wright, the Pink Floyd keyboardist who died of cancer at age 65, didn't play many solos or sing lead on anything you're likely to remember. He had just two moments to himself in the songwriting sun: the echo-heavy ballad Us and Them and the wordless The Great Gig in the Sky from Pink Floyd's sad epic Dark Side of the Moon. Shy, gentle and very private, Wright was proof that not every rock star feels the need to act like one. "In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten," said...

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