His creativity was remarkable. Today we are remembering the late Roger Keith “Sy…

Written by on July 7, 2018


His creativity was remarkable. Today we are remembering the late Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett who passed away 12 years ago on July 7, 2006. Syd was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter and is best known as a founding member of the band Pink Floyd.

He was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett was excluded from Pink Floyd in April 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new guitarist, and was briefly hospitalised amid speculation of mental illness.

Barrett’s innovative guitar work and exploration of experimental techniques such as dissonance, distortion and feedbackinfluenced many musicians. His recordings are also noted for their strongly English-accented vocal delivery. After leaving music, Barrett continued with painting and dedicated himself to gardening. Biographies began appearing in the 1980s. Pink Floyd wrote and recorded several tributes to him, most notably the 1975 album Wish You Were Here, which included “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, as homage to Barrett.

After suffering from diabetes for several years, Barrett died at home in Cambridge. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. The occupation on his death certificate was “retired musician”.

He was 60 years old. RIP Syd. You will ‘shine on forever’ thru your music.




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