“British rock lost one of its finest and most discreet stylists" on Monday, said John Mulvey in Uncut, as Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright died of cancer at age 65. Wright always “stayed scrupulously clear of the spotlight,” but his “vocal and songwriting collaborations were a critical part of Floyd’s pervasive appeal.”
Wright wasn’t quite “as prolific a songwriter as his bandmates Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and David Gilmour,” said Showbiz Spy. But he “did write significant parts of the music for classic albums like Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell.”
And his “organ sounds were one of the most distinctive parts of the early Floyd sound,” said XFM online. They really came “to the fore in tracks such as ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘Interstellar Overdrive’””—it’s hard to imagine Pink Floyd sounding as “psychedelic” without him.
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