Pink Floyd biography



250 million album sales worldwide!

Pink Floyd is an English rock band that has sold an estimated seventy-five million albums in the United States alone and 250 million worldwide.

With their laid-back blues-influenced psychedelic rock, they have had hits like Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Money, and Wish You Were Here.

Having gone through several member changes, Pink Floyd has always remained characteristically epic sounding.

If there was ever a band that was all about the full album experience, these guys are clearly the ones. Checking out 70s classics Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall is a must for any serious guitarist, but don’t forget the 90s release The Division Bell as well.

Dark Side Of The Moon deserves a special mention here among all these great albums as it holds the record for the longest-charting album. It spent fourteen years on the U.S charts!

The reason not much happened between the late 70s and early 90s was down to that the band was too busy arguing and releasing solo albums, culminating with Roger Waters (bass, vocals, and main songwriter) leaving the band.

Something he is clearly still bitter about several decades later, many times stating that when he left, the band should have been over.


Wish You Were Here followed Dark Side Of The Moon

Wish You Were Here is the title track from Pink Floyd’s 1975 studio album. To attempt a follow-up of 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon is not a job any band would like but Pink Floyd certainly delivered with Wish You Were Here.

This album dealt with Syd Barrett’s mental state. Both Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here are directly written about Syd.

Recorded at Abbey Road studios (same studio as The Beatles used), Wish You Were Here was completed over 6 months, working long hours on a set schedule four days a week.

The material came from ideas the band had come up with during touring with Dark Side Of The Moon.

If you want to find out more about Pink Floyd, many books have been written, perhaps the best one is Inside Out, by the band’s drummer Nick Mason.


Wish You Were Here – Chords

The Stadium meets campfire trick that Wish You Were Here pulls off has made it immortal and as a consequence, often plagiarized.

This is not a song to jam and improvise over, so legendary are the licks you simply must learn each and every one of them, note for note.

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Wish You Were Here – Lyrics

So, so you think you can tell, heaven from hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail,
a smile from a veil, do you think you can tell.

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