Pink Floyd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd were founded in 1. Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals.
They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1. Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1. Guitarist David Gilmour joined in December 1. Barrett left in April 1. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and eventually their dominant songwriter, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1. Wish You Were Here (1. Animals (1. 97. 7), The Wall (1.
The Final Cut (1. The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best- selling albums of all time. Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1. Waters in 1. 98. 5.
Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd; Wright rejoined them as a session musician and, later, a band member. The three produced two more albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1. The Division Bell (1. After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited with Waters in 2. London as part of the global awareness event Live 8, but Gilmour and Waters have since stated they have no plans to reunite as a band again. Barrett died in 2. Wright in 2. 00. 8.
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The final Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2. Waters and largely based on unreleased material.
Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1. UK Music Hall of Fame in 2. By 2. 01. 3, the band had sold more than 2. United States. 1.
Richard Wright, a fellow architecture student, joined later that year, and the group became a sextet named Sigma 6. Waters played lead guitar, Mason drums, and Wright rhythm guitar (since there was rarely an available keyboard). They performed songs by the Searchers and material written by their manager and songwriter, fellow student Ken Chapman. In September 1. 96. Waters and Mason moved into a flat at 3. Stanhope Gardens near Crouch End in London, owned by Mike Leonard, a part- time tutor at the nearby Hornsey College of Art and the Regent Street Polytechnic. Barrett, two years younger, had moved to London in 1.
Camberwell College of Arts. Waters and Barrett were childhood friends; Waters had often visited Barrett and watched him play guitar at Barrett's mother's house. Mason said about Barrett: . In December 1. 96. West Hampstead, through one of Wright's friends, who let them use some down time free. Wright, who was taking a break from his studies, did not participate in the session. During this period, spurred by the group's need to extend their sets to minimise song repetition, the band realised that .
After pressure from his parents and advice from his college tutors, Klose quit the band in mid- 1. Barrett took over lead guitar. Barrett created the name on the spur of the moment when he discovered that another band, also called the Tea Set, were to perform at one of their gigs. The name is derived from the given names of two blues musicians whose Piedmont blues records Barrett had in his collection, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Jenner was impressed by the sonic effects Barrett and Wright created, and with his business partner and friend Andrew King became their manager.
It was around this time that Jenner suggested they drop the . While performing at the Countdown Club, the band had experimented with long instrumental excursions, and they began to expand them with rudimentary but effective light shows, projected by coloured slides and domestic lights.
By late 1. 96. 6, their set included fewer R& B standards and more Barrett originals, many of which would be included on their first album. While they had significantly increased the frequency of their performances, the band were still not widely accepted. Following a performance at a Catholic youth club, the owner refused to pay them, claiming that their performance was not music. When their management filed suit in a small claims court against the owner of the youth organisation, a local magistrate upheld the owner's decision. The band was much better received at the UFO Club in London, where they began to build a fan base. Barrett's performances were enthusiastic, . Which none of the others could do.
Three days later, Pink Floyd signed with EMI, receiving a . EMI released the band's first single, . It fared slightly better than . The band performed on the BBC's Look of the Week, where Waters and Barrett, erudite and engaging, faced tough questioning from Hans Keller. They appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops, a popular programme that controversially required artists to mime their singing and playing. Though Pink Floyd returned for two more performances, by the third, Barrett had begun to unravel, and it was around this time that the band first noticed significant changes in his behaviour.
By early 1. 96. 7, he was regularly using LSD, and Mason described him as . Smith disagreed, stating that Barrett was unresponsive to his suggestions and constructive criticism. EMI- Columbia released The Piper at the Gates of Dawn in August 1. The album peaked at number 6, spending 1. UK charts. One month later, it was released under the Tower Records label. The group initially hoped that his erratic behaviour would be a passing phase, but some were less optimistic, including Jenner and his assistant, June Child, who commented: .
Roger Waters and I got him on his feet, . The band started to play and Syd just stood there. He had his guitar around his neck and his arms just hanging down. Waters arranged a meeting with psychiatrist R. Laing, and though Waters personally drove Barrett to the appointment, Barrett refused to come out of the car. A stay in Formentera with Sam Hutt, a doctor well established in the underground music scene, led to no visible improvement.
The band followed a few concert dates in Europe during September with their first tour of the US in October. During appearances on the Dick Clark and Pat Boone shows in November, Barrett confounded his hosts by not responding to questions and staring off into space. He refused to move his lips when it came time to mime . After these embarrassing episodes, King ended their US visit and immediately sent them home to London. The two had performed at lunchtimes together with guitars and harmonicas, and later hitch- hiked and busked their way around the south of France.
In 1. 96. 5, while a member of Joker's Wild, Gilmour had watched the Tea Set. Morrison's assistant, Steve O'Rourke, set Gilmour up in a room at O'Rourke's house with a salary of . Just to try to keep him involved. In a January 1. 96. Pink Floyd, the photographs show Barrett looking detached from the others, staring into the distance.
According to Gilmour, the answer was . In early March 1. Pink Floyd met with business partners Jenner and King to discuss the band's future; Barrett agreed to leave.
Morrison then sold his business to NEMS Enterprises, and O'Rourke became the band's personal manager. The album included Barrett's final contribution to their discography, . Waters began to develop his own songwriting, contributing . Smith encouraged them to self- produce their music, and they recorded demos of new material at their houses. With Smith's instruction at Abbey Road, they learned how to use the recording studio to realise their artistic vision. However, Smith remained unconvinced by their music, and when Mason struggled to perform his drum part on .
Wright recalled Smith's attitude about the sessions, . As neither Waters nor Mason could read music, to illustrate the structure of the album's title track, they invented their own system of notation.
Gilmour later described their method as looking . The first of several Pink Floyd album covers designed by Hipgnosis, it was the second time that EMI permitted one of their groups to contract designers for an album jacket. In July 1. 96. 8, they returned to the US for a second visit.
Accompanied by the Soft Machine and the Who, it marked Pink Floyd's first significant tour. In December of that year, they released . Released as a double- LP on EMI's Harvest label, the first two sides contained live performances recorded at Manchester College of Commerce and Mothers, a club in Birmingham. The second LP contained a single experimental contribution from each band member. Ummagumma received positive reviews upon its release, in November 1. The album peaked at number 5, spending 2.
UK chart. In October 1. Pink Floyd released Atom Heart Mother.
Geesin worked to improve the score, but with little creative input from the band, production was troublesome. Geesin eventually completed the project with the aid of John Alldis, who was the director of the choir hired to perform on the record. Smith earned an executive producer credit, and the album marked his final official contribution to the band's discography. Waters was critical of Atom Heart Mother, claiming that he would prefer if it were . Gilmour was equally dismissive of the album and once described it as . Pink Floyd's first number 1 album, Atom Heart Mother was hugely successful in Britain, spending 1.
UK chart. Mason and Wright became fathers and bought homes in London while Gilmour, still single, moved to a 1. Essex. Waters installed a home recording studio at his house in Islington in a converted toolshed at the back of his garden. Lacking a central theme, they attempted several unproductive experiments; engineer John Leckie described the sessions as often beginning in the afternoon and ending early the next morning, .