September 16, 2008

Pink Floyd’s Gilmour Pays Tribute to a ‘Musical Partner and Friend’

PINK Floyd guitarist David Gilmour last night paid tribute to "musical partner and friend" Richard Wright.

Gilmour said the band's keyboardist, who died of cancer yesterday at 65, was "gentle, unassuming and private, but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

"Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously. I have never played with anyone quite like him," he said.

Wright played the keyboard with the guitar group and wrote music for classic albums The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright was the group's dominant musical force.

The Great Gig In The Sky, and Us And Them were his best-known compositions.

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