Pink Floyd has been on of rock music’s biggest artists and considered to be one of the pioneers in the metal scene. Over the decades they have been rocking their hearts out with millions of fans across the globe.
Who are they?
Pink Floyd was formed in London and have reached international recognition with their psychedelic and progressive approach to rock. Using philosophical lyrics, powerful live shows and groovy experimentation, Pink Floyd has been wrecking havoc for decades and most probably one the most influential bands in the rock industry.
Formed in 1965, the band originally consisted of Syd Barret, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters. They were first recognized in London’s underground music scene during the late 60’s . with the leadership of Barret, they later released 2 hit singles and a successful first album. In December 1967, they added David Gilmour as a fifth member to add more flavour to their musical approach, but in 1968,Barret left the band due to his declining mental health and from then on Waters became the front man for the band.
Rise to Rock Fame
In 1967, the band attracted the attention of mainstream players in the industry. With their band manager/booking agent Bryan Morrison, Pink Floyd became an artist of EMI and were paid 5,000 pounds in advance. They released their first single Arnold Layne on March 1967 under the Columbia label and peaked at UK’s Top 20 at the time. They performed in Britain’s Top of the Pops for 3 consecutive times since then. Their first album entitled The Piper at the Gates of Dawn debuted at number 6 for 14 weeks in the UK top charts.
Their 2nd single See Emily Play was released on June 1967 and had slightly better ratings than their first one. This hooked them up with BBC and was able to be featured on the channel’s Look of the Week were band members Waters and Barret faced very tough questioning from the host, Hans Keller.
Eventually, Waters and Barret left the band leaving Mason and Wright to lead the show. They followed up with other great albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon(1973),Wish You Were Here(1975),Animals(1977),The Wall(1979) andThe Final Cut(1983).