Pink Floyd Band Members Then And Now

David Gilmour (Left) with three of the four founding members of the Pink Floyd
David Gilmour (Left) with three of the four founding members of the Pink Floyd( Source : facebook )

The founding members of Pink Floyd are Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright. David Gilmour later replaced Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd was an English rock band prominently known as one of the first British psychedelic groups. They rose to fame with their philosophical lyrics and experimenting with innovative sounds.

Formed in London in 1965, they gained early success following the release of two charting singles and a successful debut studio album in 1967.

Selling more than 250 million records globally including 75 million certified units solely in the US, the band achieved much commercial success and is regarded as one of the most influential rock bands.

The band has also been awarded numerous accolades including 1 Grammy Award, 3 ECHO Awards, and more. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice in 1999 and 2008 respectively.

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Pink Floyd Original Band Members

Original Pink Floyd Members include Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright. The Members Of Pink Floyd band were initially led by Barrett.

David Gilmour joined the band in 1968 later and the group was briefly a five-piece. Barrett left the band a couple of months later due to his mental health issues.

Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett taking a picture with his cat with guitar right beside him
Syd Barrett taking a picture with his cat with guitar right beside him( Source : facebook )

Syd Barrett was the Pink Floyd original singer. He is widely known for being the primary songwriter in the early years of the band.

After being ousted from the band due to mental illness and excessive substance abuse, he became a solo artist for a brief period.

Roger Waters

Roger Waters performing live in Louisville
Roger Waters performing live in Louisville( Source : facebook )

George Roger Waters is an English singer-songwriter and composer. He was the bassist and backup vocalist of the band.

Following Syd's departure in April 1968, Roger took on the role of the band's primary lyricist and leader.

He departed from the band in 1985. However, for his enormous contribution to the rock community, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, followed by the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Nick Mason

Nick Mason is the drummer behind Pink Floyd's success
Nick Mason is the drummer behind Pink Floyd's success ( Source : facebook )

Nicholas Berkley Mason served as the drummer. He is the only member to appear on all of the band's studio albums.

Nick is credited for composing many of Pink Floyd's hits including "Echoes", "Careful with That Axe", "One of These Days" and more. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

In 2018, he formed a rock band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets to perform the group's early music.

Rick Wright

Rick Wright role on the band was playing keyboards and backing vocals
Rick Wright role on the band was playing keyboards and backing vocals( Source : twitter )

Richard William Wright, also known as Rick Wright played the keyboard. He also sang occasionally.

Following Syd's departure, Rick also took on the responsibility of songwriting alongside Waters.

Wright's jazz influence and his unique keyboard were vital factors in Pink Floyd's triumph, not to mention his role as lead vocals on songs like "Remember a Day"," Time" and "Wearing the Inside Out".

David Gilmour

David Gilmour enjoying the sunset while playing his guitar
David Gilmour enjoying the sunset while playing his guitar( Source : facebook )

David Jon Gilmour is the lead singer of Pink Floyd. He is also the lead guitarist.

Gilmour was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 with the rest of the band.

However, he also worked on solo projects, releasing his self-titled debut album, David Gilmour, in 1978 followed by three more albums.

Floyd Band Members Ages Now

A vintage picture of the rock band's five members
A vintage picture of the rock band's five members( Source : facebook )

Pink Floyd members ages are Roger Waters 79, Nick Mason 79, and David Gilmour 77. Syd Barrett and Richard Wright died in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Waters was born on September 6, 1943, in Great Bookham, England to Mary Whyte and Eric Fletcher Waters. He is currently 79 years old.

Mason recently also turned 79. He was born on January 27, 1944, in Birmingham, Warwickshire to Ailsa Sarah and Bill Mason. 

Gilmour is the youngest member of the original band at the age of 77. Born on March 6, 1946, in Cambridge, England, he was born to a family of teachers: Douglas Gilmour and Sylvia Wilson.

Barrett was born on January 6, 1946, in Cambridge, England. He died at his home on July 7, 2006, aged 60, after battling pancreatic cancer.

Two years later after his passing, Wright passed away at the age of 65. He was born on July 28, 1943, in Hatch End, Middlesex to Bridie and Cedric Wright.

Best Pink Floyd Albums

Pink Floyd Albums In Order are 1. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 2. A Saucerful of Secrets 3. More and 12 others.

Album Name:Release Date
The Piper at the Gates of DawnAugust 4, 1967
A Saucerful of SecretsJune 29, 1968
MoreJune 13, 1969
UmmagummaNovember 7, 1969
Atom Heart MotherOctober 2, 1970
MeddleNovember 5, 1971
Obscured by CloudsJune 2, 1972
The Dark Side of the MoonMarch 1, 1973
Wish You Were HereSeptember 12, 1975
AnimalsJanuary 21, 1977
The WallNovember 30, 1979
The FInal CutMarch 21, 1983
A Memontary Lapse of ReasonSeptember 7, 1987
The Division BellMarch 28, 1994
The Endless RiverNovember 10, 2014

All Pink Floyd albums include 15 studio albums, 4 live albums, 12 compilation albums, and 3 EPs. Though all their albums hold some form of respect, two stand out:

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side Of The Moon album cover
The Dark Side Of The Moon album cover( Source : twitter )

Pink Floyd Album Covers for The Dark Side of the Moon showcases a prismatic spectrum. It was created at the request of Rick for a "simple and bold" design.

This is the band's eighth studio album and also their most popular It was released on March 1, 1973.

Kicking off with its first single, Money, the album features themes of conflict, greed, death, and mental health.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 on Match 17, 1973, and hit the No. 1 spot on April 28, 1973. Although it held the top spot for just a week it has been featured in the char for 981 non-consecutive weeks.

Dark Side of the Moon was a huge commercial success and one of the best-selling albums of all time, recording over 45 million sales worldwide.

On June 4, 1998, the album was certified 15x Diamond by the RIAA, for selling over 15 million copies in the United States.

The Wall

The Wall  album cover
The Wall album cover( Source : facebook )

The Wall is their eleventh studio album. It was released on November 30, 1979, via Harvest/EMI and Columbia Records.

Another concept album, it tells the story of Pink, a rock star who is building a figurative wall around himself following a tragedy. Written by Roger, it is one of his most personal albums and greatest individual triumph.

The album is Pink Floyd's most successful Billboard charting creation. Making its first Billboard 200 appearance on 15 December 1979, it topped the chart for 15 consecutive weeks.

Recoding over 30 million sales globally, it is the band's second-best-selling album worldwide and has been awarded 23x Diamond certification by the RIAA.

At the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards, The Wall earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year but lost to Christopher Cross's debut self-titled album.

Pink Floyd Best Songs In Order

Pink Floyd Best Songs include 1. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt.2 2. Wish You Were Here 3. Comfortably Numb and more.

Song Name:Spotify Plays:
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt.2715,437,272
Wish You Were Here588,534,136
Comfortably Numb493,904,738
Money422,743,235
Time295,485,761
Breathe (In the Air)253,486,491
Hey You221,309,729
The Great Gig in the Sky211,677,218
Shine On You Crazy Diamond172,074,517
Brain Damage155,847,285

Another Brick in the Wall, Pt.2

Another Brick in the Wall, Pt.2 is the first single and fifth track taken from the band's 11th album The Wall

Released on November 23, 1979, as a three-part composition, the second part gained the most mainstream attention.

The theme depicts the protagonist's childhood trauma which became a brick in the wall. It was deemed as a protest song to oppose the strict schooling policies.

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here is the title track from the band's 1975 album. It was written by Gilmour and Waters.

The band claimed that it's one of their best-ever creations, due to its emotional significance and lyrical nature. It is a direct tribute to former member and leader Syd Barrett.

Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb is the third single from the progressive rock band's hit album, The Wall, released on June 23, 1980.

The song drew inspiration from Roger's real-life experience when he had to take to massive tranquilizer shot to perform during one of the tours, feeling completely numb on stage.

It is one of the band's most recognizable songs, well known for incredible storytelling and two amazing guitar solos.

Some FAQs

When Did David Gilmour Join Pink Floyd?

David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd in January 1968. He replaced Syd Barrett as a guitarist and vocalist.

Who Are The Members Of Pink Floyd?

The members of Pink Floyd are Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, and David Gilmour. Syd left the band three years into their formation.

Who Is The Lead Singer Of Pink Floyd?

David Gilmour is the lead singer of Pink Floyd. However, Roger Waters and Richard Wright also featured as lead vocalist in many albums.

Are Pink Floyd Band Members Alive?

Yes, three of the band members: Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and David Gilmour are alive and in their late 70s. Whereas Syd Barett and Richard Wright have passed away.

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