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Rick Wright

Biography

Green Floyd keyboardist, singer, and melody composer who wrote THE FANTASTIC Gig in the Sky. He was self-trained in electric guitar, trumpet, and piano. He sang on Echoes, Matilda Mom, and Period, among other Green Floyd music. He wedded Juliette Gale in 1964, after that Franka Wright in 1984, and Millie Hobbs in 1996. He previously three kids: Gala, Ben and Jamie. He is at Green Floyd with Nick Mason.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard Wright
Date Of Birth July 28, 1943
Place Of Birth England
Profession Rock Singer
Education Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, University of Westminster, Lanier High School
Nationality British, American, French
Spouse Milfred Hobbs, Franka Wright, Juliette Gale, Ellen Poplar, Dhimah Rose Meidman
Children Gala Wright, Ben Wright, Jamie Wright, Rachel Wright, Julia Wright
Parents Cedric Wright, Bridie Wright, Nathan Wright, Ella Wilson Wright
Siblings Leon Alan Wright
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Music Groups Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd
Nominations New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play
Movies Pulse, Remember That Night, Zabriskie Point, Classic Albums: Pink Floyd – The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon, David Gilmour in Concert, More, Pink Floyd: Atom Heart Mother, Rock Milestones: Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd: Meddle: Classic Album Under Review, Pink Floyd: Shine On, Rock Milestones: Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Native Son, Almos' a Man, The Catwalk
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Named his favourite albums as "Music From Big Pink" by The Band, "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop" by Jeff Beck, "Appalachian Spring: Bernstein Conducts Copland" by Aaron Copland, "Porgy and Bess" by Miles Davis, "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" by Brian Eno and David Byrne, "Passion" by Peter Gabriel, "The Royal Scam" by Steely Dan, "Remain In Light" by Talking Heads, "Symphony Number 3" by 'G=F3recki' and "The Colour Of Spring" by Talk Talk.
2Has a son Benjamin, with Millie.
3Attended the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture, where he met future band mates Nick Mason and Roger Waters. He left after a year.
4Father of Gala, and Jamie Wright, who was the drummer for the thrash metal band Mystic Game.
5Was forced to leave Pink Floyd during "The Wall" recording sessions in the fall of 1979. Paid as a session musician for the band's 1980-1981 world tour.
6Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Pink Floyd) in 1996.
7Reinstated into Pink Floyd in 1987, though due to legal wrangling, his photograph didn't appear in the original artwork for the "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album.
8Father-in-law of Guy Pratt, who played bass guitar for Pink Floyd from 1987 (the beginning of the "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" tour) until 1994 (the end of "The Division Bell" tour).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doctor Strange2016writer: "Interstellar Overdrive" - as Rick Wright
La macchinazione2016writer: "Atom Heart Mother Suite" - as Rick Wright
The Great Everything & the Nothing2016writer: "Money / The Great Gig In The Sky"
Far Out2015writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
The Gambler2014/IIIwriter: "Time"
BeReverse2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Loose Women2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pink Floyd: Marooned2014Short performer: "Marooned" / writer: "Marooned"
Est' mir i po etu storonu monitora2013Short writer: "Time"
When Albums Ruled the World2013TV Movie documentary writer: "Breathe" - uncredited
Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story2012TV Movie writer: "Speak to Me/Breathe"
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here2012Documentary performer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V", "Welcome to the Machine", "Have a Cigar", "Wish You Were Here", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX" / writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX"
Cold Case2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top Gear2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Skins2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chikara: King of Trios 2008 - Night I2008Video writer: "Breathe"
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Uvolnete se, prosímTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2006 music - 1 episode, 2006
David Gilmour: On an Island2006Short performer: "On an Island"
Energy Hunter2005Short writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
Life, the Universe and Douglas Adams2005Video documentary writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part Two"
C.R.A.Z.Y.2005writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "The Great Gig In The Sky"
Stoners2004Documentary writer: "Cluster One", "Marooned", "Keep Talking", "High Hopes"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shabatot VeHagim2004TV Series music - 1 episode
Good Morning, Night2003writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part One", "The Great Gig In The Sky"
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer2003Documentary writer: "Time" - uncredited
Classic AlbumsTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Pink Floyd Video Anthology2003writer: "Interstellar Overdrive", "Pow R Toc H", "Paintbox", "A Saucerful of Secrets", "It Would Be So Nice", "Sysyphus", "Atom Heart Mother", "One of These Days", "Echoes", "Careful with That Axe, Eugene", "Time", "Us and Them"
VH1 Legends2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Omnibus2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dogtown and Z-Boys2001Documentary writer: "Us and Them" - as Rick Wright
Rick Wright: Night of a Thousand Furry Toys1996Short performer: "Night of a Thousand Furry Toys" / writer: "Night of a Thousand Furry Toys"
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court1994TV Special documentary music: "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Keep Talking", "Breathe", "Time", "Us And Them" / performer: "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", "Learning to Fly", "High Hopes", "Take It Back", "Coming Back to Life", "Sorrow", "Keep Talking", "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2", "One Of These Days", "Speak to Me", "Breathe", "On the Run", "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money", "Us And Them", "Any Colour You Like", "Brain Damage", "Eclipse", "Wish You Were Here", "Comfortably Numb", "
Pink Floyd: High Hopes1994Short performer: "High Hopes"
Pink Floyd: Take It Back1994Short performer: "Take It Back"
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer1992Documentary writer: "Time" - as Wright
La Carrera Panamericana with Music by Pink Floyd1992Video writer: "Pan Am Shuffle", "Carrera Slow Blues"
Derrick1990TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder1989TV Special performer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part I", "Signs of Life", "Learning to Fly", "Sorrow", "The Dogs of War", "On the Turning Away", "One of These Days", "Time", "On the Run", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Wish You Were Here", "Us and Them", "Money" NTSC version only, "Comfortably Numb", "One Slip", "Run Like Hell", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts II-V" audio only end credits / writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part I", "One of These Days", "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "U
L'imperatore di Roma1988writer: "Sysyphus" - uncredited
Nekoliko prizora iz jednog Estebanovog zivota1987Short writer: "Pow R. Toc H."
Pink Floyd: Learning to Fly1987TV Short performer: "Learning to Fly"
Pink Floyd: Money1987Short performer: "Money"
Zeppelin - Das fliegende Schiff1987Video documentary writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - uncredited
Killer Party1986writer: "April"
Pink Floyd: Hey You1982Short performer: "Hey You"
Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall Part 21979Short performer: "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2"
Harley's Angels1977writer: "Echoes" - uncredited
Pink Floyd: Welcome to the Machine1977Short performer: "Welcome to the Machine"
La marge1976writer: "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" - as Wright
Domination Blue1976writer: "Sysyphus Part Four", "Sysyphus Part Three", "A Saucerful of Secrets", "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" - uncredited
Dominatrix Without Mercy1976writer: "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" - uncredited
Tian huang ju xing1976writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"
Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond1975Short performer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX" / writer: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX"
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon1973Short performer: "Speak to Me", "Breathe", "On the Run", "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Money", "Us and Them", "Any Colour You Like", "Brain Damage", "Eclipse" / writer: "Breathe", "Time", "The Great Gig in the Sky", "Us and Them", "Any Colour You Like"
Pink Floyd at Pompeii1972Documentary writer: "Echoes Part 1", "Careful with that Axe Eugene", "A Saucerful of Secrets", "One of these Days I'm Going to Cut You into Little Pieces", "Mademoiselle Nobs" based on the song, "Seamus", "Echoes Part 2", "Us and Them", "Any Colour You Like", "Cluster One"
Ai nu1972writer: "Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up", "Heart Beat, Pig Meat"
Little Sisters1972writer: "A Saucerful of Secrets Syncopated Pandemonium" - uncredited
Pink Floyd: One of These Days1972Short performer: "One of These Days" / writer: "One of These Days"
Pink Floyd: Time1972Short performer: "Time" / writer: "Time"
Stamping Ground1971Documentary writer: "A Saucerful of Secrets"
Zabriskie Point1970writer: "Come in Number 51, Your Time is Up", "Heart Beat, Pig Meat", "Crumbling Land"
More1969writer: "Up The Khyber", "Party Sequence", "Main Theme", "Ibiza Bar", "More Blues", "Quicksilver", "Dramatic Theme"
San Francisco1968Short writer: "Interstellar Overdrive" - uncredited
Pink Floyd: Point Me at the Sky1968Short performer: "Point Me at the Sky"
TienerklankenTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1968 writer - 1 episode, 1968
Pink Floyd: Apples and Oranges1968Short performer: "Apples and Oranges"
Pink Floyd London '66-'671967Documentary short performer: "Interstellar Overdrive", "Nick's Boogie" / writer: "Interstellar Overdrive"
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London1967Documentary performer: "Interstellar Overdrive", "Nick's Boogie" / writer: "Interstellar Overdrive"
Scene at 6:301967TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pink Floyd: Arnold Layne1967Short performer: "Arnold Layne"
The Look of the Week1966TV Series writer: "Pow R. Toc H", "Interstellar Overdrive"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pink Floyd: Marooned2014Short musician
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here2012Documentary music producer
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall2011TV Movie documentary composer: theme music
David Gilmour: On an Island2006Short hammond organ
Classic Albums2003TV Series documentary music producer - 1 episode
Rick Wright: Night of a Thousand Furry Toys1996Short music producer
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court1994TV Special documentary musician
Pink Floyd: High Hopes1994Short musician
Pink Floyd: Take It Back1994Short musician
Pink Floyd: Learning to Fly1987TV Short musician
Pink Floyd: Money1987Short music producer
Pink Floyd: Hey You1982Short musician
Pink Floyd: The Wall1982musician
Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall Part 21979Short musician
Pink Floyd: Welcome to the Machine1977Short musician
Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond1975Short music producer
Pink Floyd at Pompeii1972Documentary composer: songs "Echoes", "Careful with that Axe, Eugene", "A Saucerful of Secrets", "Us and Them" and "One of These Days"
Pink Floyd: One of These Days1972Short music producer
Pink Floyd: Time1972Short music producer
Pink Floyd: Point Me at the Sky1968Short musician
Tienerklanken1968TV Series musician - 1 episode
Pink Floyd: Apples and Oranges1968Short musician
Pink Floyd: Arnold Layne1967Short musician

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pink Floyd: Marooned2014Short
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall2011TV Movie documentary
Classic Albums2003TV Series documentary 1 episode
Pink Floyd Video Anthology2003
Rick Wright: Night of a Thousand Furry Toys1996Short
Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond1975Short
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon1973Short
La vallée1972as Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd: One of These Days1972Short
Pink Floyd: Time1972Short
More1969as Rick Wright
Tienerklanken1968TV Series 1 episode
Pink Floyd London '66-'671967Documentary short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pink Floyd: Marooned2014ShortHimself
Chit Chat with Oysters2013DocumentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: Vidéo Anthology (1966-1967) Vol.12011Documentary shortHimself
David Gilmour: Live in Gdansk2008VideoHimself (Keyboards / Vocals)
David Gilmour Remember That Night2007TV Special documentaryHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
David Gilmour in Concert2006TV MovieHimself
Classic Albums2003TV Series documentaryHimself
David Gilmour in Concert2002VideoHimself
Omnibus2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall2000Video documentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: Still First in Space - The Crew's Story1998Video documentaryHimself
Rick Wright: Night of a Thousand Furry Toys1996ShortHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court1994TV Special documentaryHimself - Keyboards & vocals
Pink Floyd: High Hopes1994ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Take It Back1994ShortHimself
Live at Knebworth1990Video documentaryHimself
Knebworth '90: The Event1990TV MovieHimself
Pink Floyd in Venice1989TV Movie documentaryHimself (keyboards and vocals)
Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder1989TV SpecialPink Floyd - Keyboard & Vocals
Pink Floyd: Learning to Fly1987TV ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Money1987ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall Part 21979ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Welcome to the Machine1977ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond1975ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon1973ShortHimself (voice)
Rock City1973DocumentaryHimself
Pink Floyd at Pompeii1972DocumentaryHimself (keyboards, vocals) (as Pink Floyd)
Pink Floyd: One of These Days1972ShortHimself
Pink Floyd: Time1972ShortHimself (voice)
Beat-Club1971TV Series
Stamping Ground1971DocumentaryHimself (as Pink Floyd)
p wie petersilie, pille, presswurst, pinscher, punkt punkt punkt1969TV MovieHimself - Musician (as Pink Floyd)
Pink Floyd: Point Me at the Sky1968ShortHimself
Tienerklanken1968TV SeriesHimself
Pink Floyd: Apples and Oranges1968ShortHimself
Pink Floyd London '66-'671967Documentary shortHimself - Keyboards (as Rick Wright)
Pink Floyd: Arnold Layne1967ShortHimself (uncredited)
Syd Barrett's First Trip1966Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get All That, Ant?2015Documentary
Dolezal Backstage2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Rock Legends2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here2012DocumentaryHimself
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Whatever Happened to Pink Floyd? The Strange Case of Waters and Gilmour2011Video documentaryHimself
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Rock Milestones: Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here2005Video documentaryHimself
Inside Pink Floyd: A Critical Review 1975-19962004Video documentary
Pink Floyd Video Anthology2003Himself
VH1 Legends2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Lista Top 401994TV SeriesHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video - Long FormPink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder (1989)· David Gilmour (artist)
· Nick Mason (artist)
· Jon Carin (artist)
· Tim Renwick (artist)
· Guy Pratt (artist)
· Gary Wallis (artist)
· Scott Page (artist)
· Wayne Isham (video director)


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#Quote
1I admire just about everything Peter Gabriel's ever done, from progressive to world music to pop. He's a great man with great ideas - oh, and he's a great musician. I feel very close to this music. I think in many ways Peter hears music the way that I hear it, so I'd have to say he's a kindred spirit.
2I've often eulogised Eno's (Brian Eno) musical abilities, but alongside his talent he's also a very nice guy. Sickening, isn't it?
3Remain In Light really knocked me out with all the cross-rhythms. The bass never seems to come in where you'd expect it. If you want to hear some incredible rhythmic things that are really working then the title track's the place to be. Of course I didn't analyse it when I first heard it, but I just knew that there was something different going on. Eno (Brian Eno) does it all the time as well, which is probably why he and David Byrne get on so well. I couldn't stop playing Once In A Lifetime when I first got the album, because it was the perfect example of that fantastic Talking Heads trick where they combine quirkiness with a real melodic ear. That's not easy to do, especially if you're trying to retain some integrity. You could always tell with this band that they weren't writing to be commercial - they were just doing the music that they really felt. There was something incredibly spontaneous about them. I've never seen Talking Heads live although I wish I had. That's the problem with being in a band yourself. You never have the time to see anyone play. When they're on somewhere you're invariably on somewhere else.
4As far as rock guitarists go he's (Jeff Beck) got to be my all-time hero. He started as a blues guitarist just like Clapton (Eric Clapton), but he's investigated the possibilities of the instrument much more. You probably won't know this, but when Syd (Syd Barrett) left Pink Floyd we actually asked Jeff Beck to join, he was our first choice. He was doing OK at the time so he turned us down. There's one track on Guitar Shop called Where Were You? that's just this beautiful, melodic guitar sequence. I loved it so much that I took that feel for an instrumental called Sweet July on my new solo album. I wanted Beck to play on it but he turned me down. Again.
5I could quite happily give you ten Miles Davis records as my ten favourite records of all time. The first music I ever heard was classical, because I was growing up in the days before rock'n'roll, but then I was exposed to jazz on radio stations and started listening to the more traditional players like Humphrey Lyttelton and Kenny Ball. Then I discovered Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue album and got very excited. Porgy And Bess is a brilliant record - the nearest thing to hearing a trumpet being made to sound like the human voice. I have to put this record on from beginning to end, because it stops you dead in your tracks. People might be surprised to hear me being so infatuated with jazz, but the influences in The Floyd (Pink Floyd) came from lots of different areas. Syd (Syd Barrett) was more into Bo Diddley; I had the more classical approach. If I was forced to pick an all-time favourite record, this would probably be it.
6It's a mistake thinking that drugs supplied Pink Floyd with the inspiration. The ones who took drugs were the ones who came to see the shows.
7There was this big personality clash between me and Roger (Roger Waters), and at the end of the day I realised that I couldn't work with this person anyway - so I left.
8[about Pink Floyd's 1975 record 'Wish You Were Here'] I think it's our best record. I will listen to that record for pleasure, and there aren't many other Floyd records that I can say that about


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