Syd Barrett RIP

Published: 2006-07-12
A founding member of UK rock band Pink Floyd passed away July 7.

Syd Barrett was the main songwriter and frontman for the band when they came together in 1965. Barrett along with bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright put out 1967's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" and "A Saucerful of Secrets" in 1968 before Barrett left the band and was replaced by David Gilmour. Though it is albums with Gilmour like "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" for which Pink Floyd is usually known, Barrett was extremely influential in the band's sound.

In a statement the remaining members of Pink Floyd said, "Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

Fellow British rocker David Bowie commented on his website earlier this week about Barrett's influence, "I can't tell you how sad I feelÍHis impact on my thinking was enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed."

After splitting with Pink Floyd, Barrett made a couple of solo records, "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" before he disappeared from the limelight, until his death last week.

Though no exact reason for his death was given, the former musician had been suffering from diabetes and most media speculate that complications from the illness caused his death. Barrett was 60-years-old.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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