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Pink Floyd formed in 1964 from earlier bands whose names included Sigma 6, T-Set, Megadeaths, The Screaming Abdabs, The Architectural Abdabs, and The Abdabs. The band was again renamed The Pink Floyd Sound and then simply The Pink Floyd (after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). The definite article was dropped by the time their debut album was released.

Pink Floyd originally consisted of Bob Klose (lead guitar), Syd Barrett (vocals, rhythm guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals), Roger Waters (bass, vocals) and Nick Mason (drums). They covered rhythm and blues staples such as 'Louie, Louie'. As Barrett started writing tunes more influenced by American surf music, psychedelic rock, and British whimsy, humour and literature, the heavily jazz-oriented Klose departed and left a rather stable foursome. The band formed Blackhill Enterprises, a six-way business partnership with their managers, Peter Jenner and Andrew King.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Released in 1967, the band's debut “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” is considered to be a prime example of English psychedelic music. The album's tracks showcase an eclectic mixture of music, from the avant garde free form piece 'Interstellar Overdrive' to whimsical songs, such as 'Scarecrow', a melancholic song inspired by the Fenlands, the rural region surrounding Barrett's home town of Cambridge.

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Album The Later Years: 1987-2019 by Pink Floyd

The Later Years:...

Legacy Recordings
2019

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Album Obfusc/ation by Pink Floyd

Obfusc/ation

Sony Music
2017

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Album The Division Bell by Pink Floyd

The Division Bell

Capitol Records
1994

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Album A Momentary Lapse of Reason by Pink Floyd

A Momentary Lapse of...

Capitol Records
1987

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