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Pink Floyd


1944

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is born.

1945

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is born.

1945

Rick Wright of Pink Floyd is born.

1946

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd is born.

1946

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is born.

1965

Pink Floyd plays their first gig at the Countdown Club in London.

1966

Pink Floyd performs at a series of Sunday afternoon multimedia happenings at London’s Marquee Club, dubbed the “Spontaneous Underground.”

1966

The launch party for Britain’s’ first underground paper, the International Times, features performances by psychedelic groups Pink Floyd and Soft Machine.

1966

Pink Floyd plays the “All Night Rave Pop Op Costume Masque Drag Ball Et All” on the opening night of the Roundhouse.

1966

Pink Floyd perform for the first time at London’s UFO Club, home the the burgeoning “London Underground” scene.

1967

Pink Floyd record their first single, “Arnold Layne,” at Sound Techniques Studio in London. It reaches #20 on the British singles chart.

1967

‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ the debut album by Pink Floyd—and the only one to feature Syd Barrett as bandleader—is released.

1967

“See Emily Play,” Pink Floyd’s enchanting second single, is recorded. It reaches #6 on the British charts.

1968

David Gilmour is asked to join Pink Floyd, briefly making them a five-piece band.

1968

Syd Barrett’s departure from Pink Floyd is announced via press release.

1970

Pink Floyd’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ tops the UK chart. It reaches #55 in America and sets the stage for the breakthrough album ‘Meddle’ and, of course, ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’

1971

Pink Floyd hits #3 in the UK with ‘Meddle.’

1972

Pink Floyd premiere a new piece of music entitled “Eclipse” at London’s Rainbow Theater. It will evolve into the album ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’

1973

‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ by Pink Floyd, is released. It will reach #1 on April 28, log a record-breaking 741 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, and sell more than 15 million copies in the US alone.

1973

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ hits #1 in the US during a record-breaking 741-week US chart stretch.

1973

The decidedly non-single-oriented Pink Floyd makes their US Top Forty debut with “Money,” from ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ It reaches #13.

1975

‘Wish You Were Here,’ Pink Floyd’s long-awaited followup to ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ is released. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” a side-long epic about their troubled ex-leader Syd Barrett, is its centerpiece.

1977

Pink Floyd releases ‘Animals,’ a bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for inspiration.

1979

Pink Floyd releases their double-album epic, ‘The Wall.’ It stays at #1 for 15 weeks and has to date been certified 23 times platinum (signifying one million copies) in the US, making it the third best-selling album of all time.

1980

“Another Brick in the Wall,” by Pink Floyd, tops the singles charts for the first of four weeks. It is their second and final Top Forty single in the US.

1981

Pink Floyd gives its 24th and final performance of ‘The Wall,’ in Dortmund, Germany.

1982

With the program special “MTV Takes You to ‘The Wall,’” MTV covers the London Premiere of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

1985

Roger Waters formally notifies Columbia and EMI Records that he is no longer a member of Pink Floyd.

1986

Roger Waters files suit to formally dissolve Pink Floyd, a legal battle that will drag on for years without deterring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from recording as Pink Floyd.

1987

A reunited Pink Floyd, minus Roger Waters, releases ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason,’ their first studio album since 1984’s ‘The Final Cut.’

1994

Pink Floyd release ‘The Division Bell,’ the fourth #1 album of their career. The ensuing live album ‘Pulse,’ which appears a year later, will become the fifth.

1996

Pink Floyd is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual induction dinner. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is their presenter.

2006

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd passes away.

2008

Keyboardist Rick Wright of Pink Floyd dies of cancer at home in England.

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