Music has been a very popular item or style or anything you wish to call it. I believe that music has a very strong ability to induce any sort of feeling or mood to anyone. Happy music makes anyone happy, and sad music makes people feel kind of sad. Therefore, music is very powerful, even more, powerful than most drugs or anything else.
This means that it is very important in very many people’s lives. Music can either be vocal, instrumental, or both. For anyone to pursue a career in music and succeed in it, one needs talent. There are many talented musicians today, and also, over the years, there have been very talents. An example of such talents is Pink Floyd.
Pink Floyd was a British rock band formed in London in 1965. The rock band was famous for its lyrical genius and their smart choice of words in their music. The rock band played psychedelic music and became one of the most popular and successful rock bands in music history. The band has released quite a number of successful albums and songs, which is clearly evidenced by the number of albums they have sold, a total of 250 million albums.
Apart from just keeping the world entertained with the most popular and best-selling albums of all time, the band has also had a big impact on the music industry. They have accomplished this by causing the rise in popularity of psychedelic music, a genre of music popular with people who use psychedelic drugs.
The band was formed in 1965 in London by a group of four students. They were; Syd Barrett (guitar and lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar and vocals), and Richard Wright (keyboards and vocals). The band began under the leadership of their lead vocalist, Syd Barrett. David Gilmour (guitar and vocalist) joined the band in 1967. Under Barrett’s leadership, the band released its first album in 1967, and it was very successful.
Despite their early success after releasing their first album, Barrett left the band in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental issues. After this, Roger Waters became their lead vocalist and thematic leader. The band then went on ahead to release several albums, which were a huge success.
In 1968, the band released their second album, which was included in Barrett’s final contribution to their discography. After the exit of Barrett, Waters began to develop his own songwriting. He wrote songs such as “See-Saw” and “Remember a Day.” They were encouraged to produce their own music and record demos. However, the band did go through a slightly rough patch after the departure of Barrett.
On one occasion, Mason had struggled to perform his drum part on “Remember a day.” This led to some measures to be taken; Norman Smith entered as his replacement. Smith’s time in the band was as easy as they thought it would be, he had a very bad attitude which seemed to anger the band. Waters and Mason could not read music and therefore had to invent their own system of notation, which Gilmour described to like an architectural diagram.
The band has been creating music for so many years and has been very successful at doing it. The band is famous for releasing songs that are concept songs. All the albums released by the band were based on a theme that the band deemed fit. Despite losing some of the members along the way, the band went ahead to produce music until 2014. The band released their last album in November 2014. Their last performance together was in 2005 in the Live eight concerts for charity.
Pink Floyd was easily accepted by the general public because of their unique musical approach and style. They really played a big role in the development of psychedelic music. The band was very creative, and their lyrics were one of a kind. Their albums were thematic (based on a theme), which made their music unique because it was relatable.
During the older stages of the band, they did face a couple of challenges. At first, they did lose Syd Barrett in the earlier stages of their career and also had some disagreements within the band, but at the end of it all, they still became successful.
Awards & Achievements
Pink Floyd is one of the most popular and successful musical groups in the world. The band released around 165 songs and also sold around 250 million albums. There is no doubt that such success cannot go unrewarded. For this reason, the band has received so many awards and nominations over the years. They include;
- Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008.
- Juno Award for International Album of the year in 1981
- Polar Music Prize for Popular Music in 2008.
- Echo Award for Best Music DVD in 2007.
Net Worth of Pink Floyd in 2023
The successful run that Pink Floyd has had cannot go without any monetary reward. The band has always been releasing best-seller albums and songs, and for this reason, they do have an admirable net worth. The naïve English band, which began in 1965, is considered to be very wealthy. At the moment, the band is estimated to have a net worth of about $350 million as of June 2023. This is quite an impressive figure and is truly worthy of them considering the amount of success they have had.
Pink Floyd is undoubtedly one of the most successful music bands of the late twentieth-century era. The band has released songs that have spent weeks on the Billboard charts for weeks on end. There is no doubt that their legacy is one never to be forgotten. Despite facing a few rough patches along the way, they were able to make it to the top of the mountain.