Richard Wright, the co-founder of the successful band Pink Floyd, was on the keyboards and vocals in almost every album in the group. He also appeared on most of the tours of the band. Wright’s unique keyboard playing and jazz influences were essential elements for Pink Floyd’s distinctive sound. His vocals in the songs such as ‘Remember a Day,’ ‘Time,’ and ‘Wearing the Inside Out’ was significant for him and the band’s career.
Despite contributing so much to Pink Floyd, Wright remained in the background compared to the other members for almost his entire music career with the band. Sometimes he was not placed on a par with them, and sometimes it was unknown whether he continued with the band. In fact, he had many touches on the group’s successful records.
Richard Wright’s Impactful But Unpraised Contributions to Pink Floyd
In 1965, the band began its music career with Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason. While Barrett mainly was writing and singing, Wright dealt with many works as support, such as playing keyboards, delivering harmony vocals, and arrangements. As Wright was the most eligible member in technical issues, he was tuning Barrett and Waters’ guitars during the shows. He also worked for the group as a roadie when they didn’t have a tour team yet.
Wright was on the lead vocals in the songs created by Barrett ‘Astronomy Domine’ and ‘Matilda Mother’ for the debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.’ However, Wright was not given credit on this album. After Roger Waters became a member replacing Barrett in 1968, Wright began to work with Waters on songs. But as the band started to rise, his contributions to the songs slowly decreased.
Although he proved his success with his arrangements on the longer songs like ‘Echoes’ and ‘Atom Heart Mother,’ his contributions remained unseen. In the 1977 album ‘Animals,’ Wright did not receive any songwriting credits. Moreover, it was revealed that he left the group in 1983 when the fans did not see his name on ‘The Final Cut’ album. When the keyboarder returned to the band in 1985, there were legal issues about his rejoining. According to the contract, even if he rejoined legally in 1994, he would not be on par with Gilmour and Mason.
Wright sang and co-wrote for the fourteenth album ‘The Division Bell.’ In 2005, he lastly appeared with the band at the Live 8 concert in London. Unfortunately, the rocker passed away on September 15, 2008, leaving many impactful works for which he did not receive credit.