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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd was an English rock band formed in London in 1965. Gaining an early following as one of the first British psychedelic groups they were distinguished by their extended compositions sonic experimentation philosophical lyrics and elaborate live shows. They became a leading band of the progressive rock genre cited by some as the greatest progressive rock band of all time.

Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by Syd Barrett guitar lead vocals Nick Mason drums Roger Waters bass guitar vocals and Richard Wright keyboards vocals. Under Barrett's leadership they released two charting singles and the successful debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967. Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967 Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the primary lyricist and thematic leader devising the concepts behind the band's peak success with the albums The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 Wish You Were Here 1975 Animals 1977 and The Wall 1979. The musical film based on The Wall Pink Floyd – The Wall 1982 won two BAFTA Awards. Pink Floyd also composed several film scores.

Following personal tensions Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979 followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd rejoined later by Wright. They produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason 1987 and The Division Bell 1994—and toured in support of both before entering a long hiatus. In 2005 all but Barrett reunited for a one-off performance at the global awareness event Live 8. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright in 2008. The last Pink Floyd studio album The Endless River 2014 was based on unreleased material from the Division Bell recording sessions. In 2022 Gilmour and Mason reformed Pink Floyd to release the song "Hey Hey Rise Up!" in protest of the Russo-Ukrainian War.

By 2013 Pink Floyd had sold more than 250 million records worldwide making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and these albums and Wish You Were Here are among the best-selling albums of all time. Four Pink Floyd albums topped the US Billboard 200 and five topped the UK Album Chart. Pink Floyd's hit singles include "See Emily Play" 1967 "Money" 1973 "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" 1979 "Not Now John" 1983 "On the Turning Away" 1987 and "High Hopes" 1994. They were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008 Pink Floyd were awarded the Polar Music Prize in Sweden for their contribution to modern music.

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The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967
A Saucerful of Secrets 1968
More 1969
Ummagumma 1969
Atom Heart Mother 1970
Meddle 1971
Obscured by Clouds 1972
The Dark Side of the Moon 1973
Wish You Were Here 1975
Animals 1977
The Wall 1979
The Final Cut 1983
A Momentary Lapse of Reason 1987
The Division Bell 1994
The Endless River 2014 . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License additional terms may apply.
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