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Richard Wright

Born Jul 28, 1943

Richard William Wright was an English pianist, keyboardist and songwriter, best known for his career with Pink Floyd. Wright's richly textured keyboard layers were a vital ingredient and a distinctive characteristic of Pink Floyd's sound. Wright frequently sang background and occasionally lead vocals on stage and in the studio with Pink Floyd.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Wright.


1943 Birth Born on July 28, 1943.


1962 18 Years Old Uncertain about his future, he enrolled in 1962 at the Regent Street Polytechnic which was later incorporated into the University of Westminster.


1965 21 Years Old There he met fellow band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason, was a founding member of The Pink Floyd Sound (as they were then called) in 1965, and also participated in its previous incarnations, Sigma 6 and The (Screaming) Abdabs. … Read More
1967 23 Years Old In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright was a prominent musical force in the group (although Syd Barrett was the band’s chief songwriter and front man at the time). Wright wrote and sang several songs of his own during 1967–1968. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old He married his first wife, Juliette Gale, in 1968. She had been a singer in one of the early bands that evolved into Pink Floyd. They had two children, Gala and Jamie, and divorced in 1982.
1969 25 Years Old …  For a brief period in 1969, Wright played vibraphone on several of the band's songs and in some live shows, and he even played trombone on "Biding My Time" (also dating from this experimental period). … Read More
1973 29 Years Old His most commercially popular compositions are "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them" from 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. … Read More


1978 34 Years Old Wright recorded his first solo project, Wet Dream, which was released in September 1978 with minimal commercial success. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old He was retained as a salaried session musician during the live concerts to promote that album in 1980–81, but ironically he became the only member of Pink Floyd to profit from the initial run of the costly Wall shows, since the net financial loss had to be borne by the three remaining "full-time" members.
1982 38 Years Old Wright did not attend the 1982 premiere of the film version of Pink Floyd—The Wall.
1983 39 Years Old In 1983, Pink Floyd released The Final Cut, the only album from the band on which Wright does not appear. … Read More


1984 40 Years Old He married his second wife Franka in 1984. They divorced in 1990.
1987 43 Years Old Because of legal and contractual issues from this "hired gun" status during The Wall world tour, his photo was not included in the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason and his name was listed in smaller letters than Mason and Gilmour.


1994 50 Years Old In 1994, by which time his reinstatement in the band had become official, he co-wrote five songs and sang lead vocals on one song ("Wearing the Inside Out") for the next Pink Floyd album, The Division Bell. … Read More
1995 51 Years Old Wright married his third wife Mildred "Millie" Hobbs (to whom he dedicated his second solo album Broken China) in 1995, with whom he had a son, Ben. Their marriage ended in 2007. … Read More
1996 52 Years Old In 1996, Wright's daughter Gala married Guy Pratt, a session musician who has played bass for Pink Floyd (and bandmate David Gilmour) since Roger Waters' exit. In his later years, Wright lived in France and spent time on a yacht he owned in the Virgin Islands. Wright died at home, of an undisclosed form of cancer, on September 15, 2008 at age 65. … Read More


2008 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On 23 September 2008, David Gilmour performed "Remember a Day", a Wright composition from Pink Floyd's second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968), on a live broadcast of Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two as a tribute to Wright. … Read More
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