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Richard Wright (July 28, 1943 - September 15, 2008) was the keyboardist in Pink Floyd. He was born in London in 1943 and was a founding member of the band back in 1965. Though never figuring very prominently within any of the band's songs, his distinctive keyboard playing provided a textured background over which the rest of the music could occur. He was forced out of the band by Roger Waters during the recording of The Wall, but he unofficially returned after Waters left the band.


After Live 8 where Wright played with the other members of Pink Floyd for the last time, it was possible that Pink Floyd could have regrouped for a few tours. Had Wright not died, this would have been more probable but since he did, this could not happen. Before Live 8, he toured with David Gilmour.


As a keyboardist, he was more interested in complementing each piece with organ or synthesizer layers and tasteful piano or electric piano passages. He played solos only occasionally, notably in "Atom Heart Mother Suite", "Echoes", "Any Color You Like", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. I-V)", "Welcome To The Machine", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. VI–IX)", "Dogs", "Pigs (3 Different Ones)", "Sheep", "Run Like Hell", and "Keep Talking". In "A Saucerful Of Secrets (The Song)" and "Sysyphus", he experimented with treated piano and made use of Mellotron sounds, a rarity in the Pink Floyd canon. Wright also used Indian modal scales in "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" and "Matilda Mother". He also sang songs while Syd Barrett was in the band without being credited.

   

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