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The Great Gig In The Sky: R.I.P. Richard Wright

If you've got a couple minutes, listen to this, solo piano from Pink Floyd co-founder Richard Wright, who died today after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

The Great Gig In The Sky: R.I.P. Richard Wright

If you've got a couple minutes, listen to this, solo piano from Pink Floyd co-founder Richard Wright, who died at home in England today after a battle with cancer.

The video's from the film Zabriskie Point, and it's exit music, gentle pastels and notes of blue, a reminder of the emotional power he'd deliver in some of the band's more soulful songs, like "Us and Them" and yes, "The Great Gig in the Sky," both of which he wrote. He was 65.

 While Pink Floyd's music may have launched 1,000 trips, or more, Rick Wright has said drugs were not the inspiration for the music.

"The ones who took drugs were the ones who came to see the shows," he told the BBC.

He left the group in 1979 after spatting with Roger Waters, but joined the others when Waters left. After 24 years, the four surviving members played together in London at Live 8, a one-off reunion that was suprisingly strong. 

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