Pink Floyd was another amazing English rock band formed in London in 1965. Of course they were a favorite of mine and I remember and still listen to one of their famous hits “Money” off Dark Side of the Moon album. I gloated to my kids a number of occasions this album was top on the charts for over 10 years and when I looked it up it was actually in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. It is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album, selling around 50 million and one of the best-selling albums worldwide
In the mid 70s I bought my first elite Stereo system and back then you had to pay big coin for great sound. Stereo's and electronics were a hobby of many including myself and I spent about $2,500 on this system with a loud 120 watts. But remember you could buy a new car for this price then and I paid $3400 for one of those in 1974 but muscle cars are off topic here.
The speakers I had were awesome with 12 inch woofers. The 1st song I played on this puppy was “Money” I loved the song and of course the sound effects at the beginning. The sound effects on "Money" were created by splicing together Waters' recordings of clinking coins, tearing paper, a ringing cash register, and a clicking adding machine, which were used to create a 7-beat effects loop.
Waters, Gilmour, Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright participated in the writing and production of the material for Dark Side of the Moon. Each side of the album is a continuous piece of music. The five tracks on each side reflect various stages of human life, beginning and ending with a heartbeat, exploring the nature of the human experience, and (according to Waters) "empathy"
Pink Floyd was infamous for their sound effects and back to the band, that was founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. David Gilmour joined the group in 1967 while Barrett left the band in 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters was the primary lyricist and, by the mid-1970s, their dominant songwriter, devising the concepts behind their successful albums
- The Dark Side of the Moon (1973),
- Wish You Were Here (1975),
- Animals (1977),
- The Wall(1979) and
- The Final Cut (1983).
The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.
The Wall's theme follows Pink, a character Waters modeled after himself and the band's original leader, Syd Barrett. Pink's life begins with the loss of his father during the Second World War and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage; all contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall.
I always thought the song represented a mundane and rigid school system that just produced bricks in the Wall and turned students into mince meat. Wright left the band during its production but remained as a salaried musician, performing with Pink Floyd during the Wall tour. The album was one of the best selling of 1980, and by 1999 it had sold over 23 million
I was amazed to learn the Wall was their only #1 selling single
Most of Pink Floyd's songs use philosophical lyrics based on a story or concept mostly about society with “Money” of course obvious. “Another Brick in the Wall” about Pink's life
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, born January 6, 1946 – 7 July 2006) is best known as a founder member of the band, the principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett was excluded from Pink Floyd in April 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new frontman,
Pink Floyd wrote and recorded several tributes to him, most notably the 1975 album Wish You Were Here, which included "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", as homage to Barrett.
“Nick" Mason born January 27 1944 is the drummer of Pink Floyd. He is the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965 and only Pink member to be featured on every one of their albums.
He has solely writen only a few Pink Floyd songs, but has co-written some of Pink Floyd's most popular compositions such as "Echoes" and "Time". Unlike the other members of Pink Floyd, Mason has rarely played an instrument other than his drum kit, although he has utilized tapes and contributed sound effects to many Pink Floyd albums
"Rick" Wright born July 28 1943 passed in September 2008 was a composer, singer and songwriter. He was a founder member, keyboardist and vocalist and performerd on the majority of the group's albums
Wright grew up in Hatch End, London and met future Pink Floyd band matesRoger Waters and Nick Mason while studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic. He left the band after touring The Wall in 1981 and rejoined the band as a session player in 1987 for “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”.
David Jon Gilmour, born March 6, 1946. Gilmour travelled to France in mid-1967 with Rick Wills and Willie Wilson, formerly of Jokers Wild. The trio performed under the band name Flowers, then Bullitt, but they were not commercially successful.
In late December 1967, drummer Nick Mason approached Gilmour and asked him if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd. He accepted and soon afterward became their fifth member; they initially intended to continue with Barrett as a nonperforming songwriter
The talent of Gilmour and the Band is highlighted by the Unpugged version of "Wish you Were Here" a truly moving performance.
George Roger Waters was born September 6, 1943 and co-founded the band Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group's bassist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, conceptual leader and co-lead vocalist.
Amid creative differences, Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985 and began a legal dispute with the remaining members over their intended use of the band's name and material. They settled out of court in 1987, and nearly eighteen years passed before he performed with them again in 2005 at the Live 8 global awareness event
By the early 1980s, Pink Floyd had become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling acts in the history of popular music; as of 2013, they have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the United States.
The photo of all 5 members with a brick wall back stop is believed to be the only photo shoot of all five together