Roger Waters

 

Roger Waters first met Syd Barrett, who would become the band's original lead singer and guitarist. He moved to London to study architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic and there met up with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright; he played bass and did vocals. Barrett later joined them, forming Pink Floyd. Barrett was the band's main songwriter but, Waters did write or co-write three songs. By the time the group's secondalbum came along, A Saucerful of Secrets, Barrett had been replaced by David Gilmour and Watershad begun to take a more well-known role, contributing three songs and one co-composition. He also wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tunes for the band's soundtrack to the film More while his first solo work came on Ummagumma, a two-LP set that consisted of one disc of live material and a second disc on which each band member contributed his own tracks. Waters still contributed the sole composition "If". But The Dark Side of the Moon.

Waters wrote all the lyrics and some of the music for the record breaking album. He was the author of the album's Top Ten hit "Money" too. He also wrote all the lyrics and music for Wish You Were Here, most of Animals and The Wall, and writing all of the songs in The Final Cut. And all of the albums sold millions of copies, with The Wall in particular rivaling the sales of The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters was the author of "Another Brick in the Wall Part II," a gold, number one single drawn from The Wall; following the release of The Final Cut. Pink Floyd was then finally braking up and its members launched solo careers. Waters re-emerged with The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. He followed with Radio K.A.O.S. and went on tour to promote the release.

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