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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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. … Read More


1964 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Through a friend, he arranged the fledgling group's first recording session in a West Hampstead studio, just before Christmas 1964. … Read More
1965 21 Years Old Pink Floyd had stabilised around Barrett, Waters, Mason and Wright by mid-1965, and after frequent gigging that year became regulars on the Underground live circuit in London. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old After Barrett left the group in 1968 due to mental health issues, Wright considered leaving and forming a group with Barrett, but realised it would not have been practical. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old On 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon he composed the music for "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Us and Them". … Read More


1979 35 Years Old By the time the group was recording The Wall in 1979, Waters had become frustrated that Wright was not contributing enough yet still claiming an equal share of production royalties. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old Wright 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 His second marriage to Franka lasted between 1984 and 1994.
1985 41 Years Old After Waters' departure in 1985, Wright began to contribute to Pink Floyd again, beginning with sessions for the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. … Read More


1994 50 Years Old By 1994, he had rejoined the group full-time as an equal partner with Gilmour and Mason. … Read More
1995 51 Years Old Wright married his third wife Mildred "Millie" Hobbs in 1995, with whom he had a son, Ben. … Read More
1996 52 Years Old In 1996, inspired by his successful input into The Division Bell, Wright released his second solo album, Broken China, which had been co-written with lyricist Anthony Moore, who helped with production and engineering. … Read More
1999 55 Years Old In 1999, touring Floyd keyboardist Jon Carin joined with Wright's wife to bring Wright and Waters back together after some 18 years apart; the two men met backstage after a tour date by Waters.
2002 58 Years Old Wright played at several of Gilmour's solo shows in 2002, contributing keyboards and vocals, including his own composition "Breakthrough".


2006 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he became a regular member of Gilmour's solo touring band along with former Floyd sidemen Jon Carin, Dick Parry and Guy Pratt. … Read More
2007 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Wright's final vocal performance took place at "The Madcap's Last Laugh" a tribute concert at The Barbican in London on 10 May 2007. … Read More
2008 65 Years Old Wright died at home of lung cancer on 15 September 2008, aged 65. … Read More
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