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On August 5, 1992.

On August 5, 1992, Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro died aged 38. He was a songwriter, musician (drums), and record producer, best known as the drummer with Toto. He was one of the most south after session drummers in popular music, played on hundreds of albums and worked with numerous artists such as Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Greg Lake, Seals & Crofts, Les Dudek, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, The Jacksons, Tommy Bolin, Jackson Browne, Leo Sayer, Boz Scaggs, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Valerie Carter, Lisa Dal Bello, Hall & Oates, Diana Ross, Colin Blunstone, Larry Carlton, Allen Toussaint, Dave Mason, Warren Zevon, Ruben Blades, Bim, Jerry Williams, Al Stewart, Marc Jordan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janne Schaffer, Lowell George, Aretha Franklin, Jon Anderson, Luis Miguel, Love and Money, Patti Austin, Mariya Takeuchi, The Brothers Johnson, Peter Frampton, Bee Gees, Char, Christopher Cross, Randy Crawford, Al Jarreau, Amii Ozaki, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eye to Eye, Donna Summer, Elton John, Melissa Manchester, Donald Fagen, Herbie Hancock, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Russ Taff, Chicago, David Gilmour Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton, Peter cetera, Earth Wind & Fire, roger Hodgson, David Benoit, Dr. John, Steve Porcaro, Nik Kershaw, Poco, Clair Mario, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Jude Cole, Sandy Patty, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bolton, Cher, Dire Straits, Richard Marx, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, B-52’s, Go West, 10CC, Roger Waters, Paul Young, and David Crosby. In 1993, Porcaro was posthumously inducted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame”.

On April 18, 2013.

On April 18, 2013, Storm Thorgerson died aged 69. He was graphic designer and music video director, known for his work with music artists including Led Zeppelin,  Nik Kershaw, Black Sabbath,  Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Yes, Al Stewart,  Europe,  Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater,  Anthrax, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Alan Parsons Project, Helloween, Biffy Clyro, Ween, Angels and Airwaves and Rival Sons His best known work is the album cover artwork of  Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon”.

 

 

On February 16, 2004.

On February 16, 2004, Doris Elaine Higginsen aka Doris Troy died aged 67. She was singer and songwriter, known by the nick name “Mama Soul”. She had solo career (her biggest hit was “Just One Look” in 1963), but was best known as back-up vocalist for many famous acts including Pink Floyd, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones,  Humble Pie, Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, Edgar Broughton, George Harrison, Johnny Hallyday, Carly Simon, Vivian Stanshall, Dusty Springfield and Junior Campbell.

On November 7, 2014.

On November 7, 2014, “Parlaphone” label released “The Endless River”, the fifteenth and final Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded 1968, 1993, 2013–2014, at “Royal Albert Hall”; “Olympic Studios”; “Britannia Row Studios”; “Astoria”; “Medina Studios”, and was produced by David Gilmour, Youth, Andy Jackson and Phil Manzanera.

Personnel:

  • David Gilmour– guitars, EBow guitar, lead and backing vocals, keyboards, piano, EMS VCS 3, bass guitar, Hammond organ, percussion, voice samples
  • Nick Mason– drums, percussion, rototoms, gong, voice samples
  • Richard Wright– Hammond organ, Farfisa organ, Royal Albert Hall Organ, piano, Rhodes piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesiser, voice samples
  • Guy Pratt – bass guitar
  • Bob Ezrin – bass guitar, additional keyboards
  • Andy Jackson – bass guitar, effects
  • Jon Carin – synthesisers, percussion loop
  • Damon Iddins – additional keyboards
  • Anthony Moore – keyboards
  • Gilad Atzmon – tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Durga McBroom, Louise Marshal, Sarah Brown – backing vocals
  • Stephen Hawking – voice sample
  • Andy Jackson – engineer, mixing
  • Bob Ezrin – co-producer 1993 sessions
  • Damon Iddins – engineer
  • Youth – additional programming, engineering, sound design, assorted synthesisers and keyboards
  • Eddie Bander – additional programming, engineering, sound design, assorted synthesisers and keyboards
  • Michael Rendall – additional programming, engineering, sound design, assorted synthesisers and keyboards
  •  Escala:
    • Chantal Leverton – viola
    • Victoria Lyon – violin
    • Helen Nash – cello
    • Honor Watson – violin
  • James Guthrie, Joel Plante – mastering for CD
  • Doug Sax – mastering for the vinyl issue
  • Aubrey Powell – creative director
  • Stylorouge – sleeve design
  • Ahmed Emad Eldin – album cover concept

Track listing:

  1. Things Left Unsaid – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  2. It’s What We Do – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  3. Ebb and Flow – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  4. Sum – David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason
  5. Skins – David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason
  6. Unsung – Richard Wright
  7. Anisina – David Gilmour
  8. The Lost Art of Conversation – Richard Wright
  9. On Noodle Street – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  10. Night Light – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  11. Allons-y (1) – David Gilmour
  12. Autumn ’68 – Richard Wright
  13. Allons-y (2) – David Gilmour
  14. Talkin’ Hawkin’ – David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  15. Calling – David Gilmour, Anthony Moore
  16. Eyes to Pearls – David Gilmour
  17. Surfacing – David Gilmour
  18. Louder than Words – David Gilmour, Polly Samson

 

On September 15, 2008.

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On September 15, 2008, Richard William “Rick” Wright died aged 65. Being musician, composer, singer and songwriter, he was best known as founding member, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd. He recorded and performed on all Pink Floyd’s albums except on “The Final Cut”. His discography also includes:

  • 1.    With Syd Barrett
  • Barrett– 1970
  1. Solo albums
  • Wet Dream– 1978
  • Broken China– 1996
  1. With Zee
  • Identity– 1984
  1. With David Gilmour
  • David Gilmour in Concert(DVD) – 2002
  • On an Island– 2006
  • Remember That Night(DVD/Blu-ray) – 2007
  • Live in Gdańsk(CD/DVD) – 2008

 

 

On August 4, 1967.

Pink Floyd-Piper at the gates of dawn

On August 4, 1967, “EMI” label released “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, the debut Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded February – May 1967, at “EMI Studios” in London, and was produced by Norman Smith. The album, named after the title of chapter seven of Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”, was the only Pink Floyd’s album recorded by the leadership of Syd Barrett. The album cover featured a kaleidoscopic cover photo of the band by Vic Singh. In 2012, the magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” at number 347th on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Syd Barrett– vocals, lead guitar
  • Roger Waters– vocals, bass guitar
  • Richard Wright– Farfisa Compact Duo organ, piano
  • Nick Mason– drums, percussion
  • Syd Barrett – rear cover design
  • Peter Bown – engineering
  • Peter Jenner– intro vocalizations
  • Norman Smith– vocal and instrumental arrangements, drum roll

Track listing:

All tracks by Syd Barrett, except where noted.

  1. Astronomy Domine
  2. Lucifer Sam
  3. Matilda Mother
  4. Flaming
  5. Pow R. Toc H. – Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason
  6. Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk – Roger Waters
  7. Interstellar Overdrive – Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason
  8. The Gnome
  9. Chapter 24
  10. The Scarecrow
  11. Bike

On June 29, 1968.

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On June 29, 1968, “EMI Columbia” label released “A Saucerful of Secrets”, the second Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded August 1967, January – May 1968, at “EMI Studios” in London, and October 1967, at “De Lane Lea Studios”, and was produced by Norman Smith. This is the last band’s album recorded with Syd Barrett, who was replaced with David Gilmour in 1968.

Personnel:

  • Nick Mason– drums, percussion, vocals, kazoo
  • Syd Barrett– acoustic and slide guitar, guitars, vocals
  • Roger Waters– bass guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Richard Wright– piano, organ, mellotron, vibraphone, xylophone, vocals, tin whistle
  • David Gilmour– guitars, kazoo, vocals
  • Norman Smith– producer, drums, backing vocals, voice
  • The Salvation Army (The International Staff Band)

Track listing:

  1. Let There Be More Light – Roger Waters
  2. Remember a Day – Richard Wright
  3. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun – Roger Waters
  4. Corporal Clegg – Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright
  5. A Saucerful of Secrets – Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright
  • Something Else
  • Syncopated Pandemonium
  • Storm Signal
  • Celestial Voices
  1. See-Saw – Richard Wright
  2. Jugband Blues – Syd Barrett

 

 

On June 2, 1972.

Obscured by clouds

On June 2, 1972, “Harvest” label released “Obscured by Clouds” the seventh Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded February – April 1972, at “Strawberry Studios” in Château d’Hérouville, Hérouville, and was produced by  David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright. The album is based on their soundtrack for the French movie “La Vallée”, by Barbet Schroeder.

Personnel:

  • David Gilmour– vocals, guitars, pedal steel guitar, VCS3 synthesizer
  • Nick Mason– drums, percussion, tape effects
  • Roger Waters– vocals, bass guitar, VCS3 synthesizer, tape effects
  • Richard Wright– piano, keyboards, vocals, VCS3 synthesizer
  • Hipgnosis– album cover

Track listing:

  1. Obscured by Clouds – David Gilmour, Roger Waters
  2. When You’re In – David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright
  3. Burning Bridges – Richard Wright, Roger Waters
  4. The Gold is in the…- David Gilmour, Roger Waters
  5. Wot’s…Uh the Deal? – David Gilmour, Roger Waters
  6. Mudmen – Richard Wright, Roger Waters
  7. Childhood’s End – David Gilmour
  8. Free Four – Roger Waters
  9. Stay – Roger Waters, Richard Wright
  10. Absolutely Curtains – David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason

 

On March 21, 1983.

Final Cut

On March 21, 1983, “Harvest” label released “The Final Cut”, the twelfth Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded July – December 1982, at “Mayfair Studios”, “RAK Studios”,”Olympic Studios”, “Abbey Road Studios”, “Eel Pie Studios”, “Audio International Studios” and “The Billiard Room” in London, and “Hookend Manor” in  Oxfordshire, and was produced by Roger Waters, James Guthrie and Michael Kamen. “The Final Cut” was band’s last studio album to include Roger Waters, and also the only Pink Floyd album that does not feature keyboardist Richard Wright. In 1997, the album was certified 2 x Platinum in US by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • David Gilmour – co – lead  and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
  • Nick Mason – drums, tape effects
  • Roger Waters – lead vocals, bass guitar, acoustic and rhythm guitar, synthesizers, tape effects, sleeve design
  • Michael Kamen– piano, harmonium
  • Andy Bown– Hammond organ
  • Ray Cooper– percussion
  • Andy Newmark– drums
  • Raphael Ravenscroft– tenor saxophone
  • National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen
  • James Guthrie, Andrew Jackson – engineering
  • Andy Canelle, Mike Nocito, Jules Bowen – assistant engineer
  • Willie Christie – photography
  • Artful Dodgers – sleeve design
  • Zuccarelli Labs ltd – holophonics
  • Doug Sax– mastering

Track listing:

All tracks by Roger Waters.

  1. The Post War Dream
  2. Your Possible Pasts
  3. One of the Few
  4. When the Tigers Broke Free
  5. The Hero’s Return
  6. The Gunner’s Dream
  7. Paranoid Eyes
  8. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
  9. The Fletcher Memorial Home
  10. Southampton Dock
  11. The Final Cut
  12. Not Now John
  13. Two Suns in the Sunset

 

On March 1, 1973.

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On March 1, 1973, “Harvest” label released “The Dark Side of the Moon”, the eighth Pink Floyd studio album. It was recorded June 1972 – January 1973, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London,  engineered by Alan Parsons and produced by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters. The album cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson. The album topped the “Billboard  Top LPs & Tapes” chart for one week and remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated of more than 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums in the history of modern music. In 2012, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “The Dark Side of the Moon” at number 43 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2006,NME” magazine readers ranked the album at number 8 in their “Best Album of All Time” online poll. “The Dark Side of the Moon” was rated at number 29 in “The Observer’s” 2006 list of “The 50 Albums That Changed Music” and 37th in “The Guardian’s” 1997 list of the “100 Best Albums Ever”.

Personnel

  • David Gilmour– vocals, guitars, VCS 3
  • Nick Mason– percussion, tape effects
  • Richard Wright– keyboards, vocals, VCS 3
  • Roger Waters– bass guitar, vocals, VCS 3, tape effects
  • Dick Parry– saxophone
  • Clare Torry– vocals
  • Doris Troy– backing vocals
  • Lesley Duncan– backing vocals
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals
  • Barry St. John – backing vocals

Track listing

  1. Speak to Me – Nick Mason, Roger Waters
  2. Breathe – Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright
  3. On the Run – David Gilmour and Roger Waters
  4. Time – Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky – Richard Wright, Clare Torry
  6. Money – Roger Waters
  7. Us and Them – Roger Waters, Richard Wright
  8. Any Colour you Like – David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wight
  9. Brain Damage – Roger Waters
  10. Eclipse – Roger Waters