Member:
1970 Syd Barrett - keyboards, piano, harmonium, hammond organ  
1978-1996 Richard Wright - piano, keyboards, electric piano, hammond organ, oberheim synthesizer, voca  
1983-1984 Zee - keyboards, percussion, lead, backing vocals  
Studio musician:
2002-2008 David Gilmour - keyboards, hammond organ, vocals  


Personal information

Born on: 28.07.1943
Died on: 15.09.2008

Richard William Wright (28 July 1943 - 15 September 2008) 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 (most notably on the songs "Time", "Echoes", "Wearing the Inside Out" and the Syd Barrett compositions "Astronomy Domine" and "Matilda Mother").

Though not as prolific a songwriter as his bandmates Roger Waters and David Gilmour, he wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell.

Wright is ranked #5 on Digital Dreamdoor's list of "100 Greatest Rock Keyboardists of All Time.

Early Life And Career

Wright, whose father was head biochemist at Unigate Dairies, grew up in Hatch End, North London and was educated at the Haberdashers' Aske's School.

Wright taught himself to play guitar at age 12, as well as play trumpet and piano, and took private lessons in musical theory and composition at the Eric Gilder School of Music. Uncertain about his future, he enrolled at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1962. 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. Although Mason and Waters were competent students, Wright found architecture of little interest and after only a year of study moved to the London College of Music.

Personal life
He married his first wife, Juliette Gale, in 1965. They had two children, James and Gala, and divorced in 1982. He married his second wife Franka in 1984. They divorced in 1994. Wright married his third wife Mildred "Millie" Hobbes (to whom he dedicated his second solo album Broken China) in 1996, with whom he had a son, Ben. Their marriage ended in 2007. 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.

Death

Wright died of an undisclosed form of cancer in his home in the UK on 15 September 2008 at age 65. At the time of his death, he had been working on a new solo album, which was thought to comprise a series of instrumental pieces.

His death occurred one week before the release of David Gilmour's Live in Gdańsk CD, on which he appeared. The album is the final Pink Floyd-related project to include Wright.