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LONDON, England (AP) -- Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.

Richard Wright (right) and a reunited Pink Floyd earn cheers at 2005's Live 8.

Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member's family did not want to give more details about his death.

Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was a hit.

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group's dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and sang.

The band released a series of commercially and critically successful albums including 1973's "Dark Side of the Moon," which has sold more than 40 million copies. Wright wrote "The Great Gig In The Sky" and "Us And Them" for that album, and later worked on the group's epic compositions such as "Atom Heart Mother," "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

But tensions grew between Waters, Wright and fellow band member David Gilmour. The tensions came to a head during the making of "The Wall" when Waters insisted Wright be fired. As a result, Wright was relegated to the status of session musician on the tour of "The Wall," and did not perform on Pink Floyd's 1983 album "The Final Cut."

Wright formed a new band Zee with Dave Harris, from the band Fashion, and released one album, "Identity," with Atlantic Records.

Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and Wright began recording with Mason and Gilmour again, releasing the albums "The Division Bell" and "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" as Pink Floyd. Wright also released the solo albums "Wet Dream" (1978) and "Broken China" (1996).

In July 2005, Wright, Waters, Mason and Gilmour reunited to perform at the "Live 8" charity concert in London -- the first time in 25 years they had been onstage together.

 

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Damn thanks for posting that, I always was and will be a fan of Pink Floyd :beer:

"Hey teacher leave those kids alone...." :)
 

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buckseye said:
Damn thanks for posting that, I always was and will be a fan of Pink Floyd :beer:

"Hey teacher leave those kids alone...." :)
Movie scared the heck out of me though! I was young and sober when we watched it.....freaky! :eek:
 

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I was 23-24 or so and in the correct frame of mind to totally enjoy!! Weed, whiskey and women was all i needed back then, it's come down to all I need now is a little.. not weed or whiskey. :lol:
 

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dosch said:
I was ten...didn't see until I was in my late teens...anyways just givn ya some shiz.
Got it the first time. :beer: Maybe I have to rent it now that I am almost 40 and try again!
 

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buckseye said:
I was 23-24 or so and in the correct frame of mind to totally enjoy!! Weed, whiskey and women was all i needed back then, it's come down to all I need now is a little.. not weed or whiskey. :lol:
I was in my teens, so I can relate. Many a night spent listening to them... Funny as now it's been 23 yrs with out partaking in anything but women. I just can not live without them, but can not live with them either :lol:

Dark Side of the Moon


Time


Money


Dogs, pt1 The 4:52 mark still haunts me to this day. I used to have a runner for a dog, and I would listen for dogs barking in the distance, and the dogs sounded just like the track at 5 min.


Dogs Pt 2 I'd whistle for him just like at the 2:30 mark... After he died in '80 I'd listen to these 2 tracks and think of him...

 
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