Who is Pink Floyd?

Music is something that a lot of people take for granted. It brings people together, sparks discussions, and changes our perspective on certain things. Pink Floyd did this for me and many other people around the world. This English psychedelic rock band was formed in 1965, but their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, first premiered in August of 1967. They did not gain popularity until 1973 with their hit album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Sure they were successful, but who are they?

Roger Waters

Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in Surrey County of Southeast England. When Waters was just 5 months old, his father was killed at the Battle of Anzio in World War II. His life as a young boy was drastically impacted by both this and his life at school. Although he met the other members and co-founders of Pink Floyd here, he did not fare well with the education system. He was smart, but often ridiculed by other students and teachers at school. Waters expresses both of these storylines on the 1979 album, The Wall. Waters played the bass guitar for the band and then later became the lead singer and songwriter with the band until he began focusing on his career as a solo artist in 1985.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour was born on March 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. As mentioned before, the guys met each other throughout their school career. He was inspired by the works of Elvis Presley, and later taught himself how to play the guitar at the age of 11. He was the lead guitarist for the band ever since he joined in 1967, but later became the inferred leader of the band when Roger Waters left in 1985. His work with the band has landed him on a multitude of articles listing him as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time, ranking as high as #14 on the official Rolling Stone website.

Richard Wright

Richard Wright was born on July 28, 1943 in Middlesex County, England. He was very talented musically, and with the encouragement of his mother, he began to master the piano at age 12. He knew how to play other instruments such as the saxophone and trombone, but his main focus was the piano. While studying architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic, he met Roger Waters and Nick Mason. The two incorporated him into the band after forming a relationship and he took over as a keyboardist. He also sang on a couple songs here and there, the most notable being Breathe and Time from the 1973 album, The Dark Side of The Moon. His cooperation with the band fizzled out in 1981, as he left the band completely. He rejoined the band in 1994 and worked on a lot of their projects until his untimely death in September of 2008.

Nick Mason

Nick Mason was born on January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England. He is credited with being a part of the earliest formation of Pink Floyd, alongside Roger Waters and Richard Wright. Unlike the other members, Mason worked behind the scenes. His primary job was the drummer and his vocals never actually appeared on any albums. With this being said, he is the only Pink Floyd member to appear on each and every album. After the band stopped all production and had put out their last album, Mason formed his own band, A Saucerful of Secrets, named after Pink Floyd's 1968 album. The band is dedicated to performing tracks from before Pink Floyd had gained worldwide popularity.