Pink Floyd

by Katie Austin

TIMELINE

1965

Pink Floyd is officially founded.

1966

Pink Floyd began receiving paid bookings. The most important was at the Marquee Club, where Peter Jenner noticed them. Jenner and his business partner, Andrew King, became their managerial team after this. Additionally, King, who was very rich, ended up investing around 1000 euros into the band, buying them vital instruments and sound equipment.

1967

Pink Floyd's music began to hit the mainstream, attracting the attention of the record label EMI, with whom Pink Floyd later signed.

Late 1967

EMI-Columbia released The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

The album peaked at number 6 and stayed on the charts for a respectable 14 weeks.

1968

Barrett leaves the band due to disagreements about his LSD usage.

1973

Pink Floyd recorded and released The Dark Side of the Moon.

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WHAT COMPONENTS OF THIS GROUP MADE THEM SO APPEALING IN THE 1950S, 1960S, OR 1970S?

Pink Floyd was founded by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright in 1965.The 60's counterculture known for its propensity to use psychoactive and psychedelic drugs, and Pink Floyd capitalized on this, achieving international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THEIR TOP SONGS?

Their most popular songs include Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, Another Brick in the Wall, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and Hey You.

HOW DID THIS MUSICAL ARTIST OR GROUP CHANGE ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER?

Pink Floyd changed rock forever by gaining attention for psychedelic rock. Pink Floyd also helped shift the opinion that popular songs were shallow and epicurean, as their lyrics were deeply philosophical and introspective.

TODAY, WHAT MAKES THIS MUSICAL ARTIST OR GROUP STILL POPULAR?

Pink Floyd's synthetic instruments and relaxing tunes are still appreciated today. Most psychedelic groups harbor at least some inspiration from Pink Floyd. Their lyrics also still help them connect to modern day people.

SUMMARIZE THE ROOTS OF ROCK “N” ROLL/RHYTHM AND BLUES

Rock and Roll first originated as a syncretism between Western Country and Swing and traditionally black music like Blues and Soul.