Richard Wright - Pink Floyd

Today, 28th July, was the 75th birthday of the Late Richard Wright. Brilliant, unassuming and often the underrated member of Pink Floyd. In my opinion, he was a sublime keyboard player, writer and arranger. I first met and worked with Richard and Pink Floyd just prior to their stunning show at Knebworth, UK in 1975. Pink Floyd were and are still one of my all time favourite bands.  Richard's input and style, in my opinion, played a very big part in the band. He was coincidentally born in Hatch End, near Pinner, on the outskirts of London, the same town as my wife Lyn. I worked many times with Pink Floyd through the years and was thrilled when I was there in 2005 at Live 8, when they reformed for that concert. That was a big moment for me as a fan. I was photographing the whole of Live 8 from the photo pit and that was one hell of a show. The last time I actually spoke to Richard was in May 2007, backstage at The Barbican in London. This was at the tribute concert for former band member Sid Barrett, who, like Richard, was a founder of Pink Floyd. I remember being backstage and rather surprised when suddenly I was standing with all four members of Pink Floyd. They were all chatting and seemed to be getting along just fine. That was, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and yes, Roger Waters. So, Happy birthday Richard and wherever you are and whatever you are doing I hope you too can now 'Shine On'

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