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Syd Barrett

Rocker Syd Barrett

Profession: Rocker

Nationality:
England
English

Biography: Best known as one of the founding members of the band Pink Floyd.

Born: January 6, 1946
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: July 7, 2006 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Historical Events

  • 1967-03-11 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"
  • 1967-08-04 Pink Floyd releases their first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", their only record made under the leadership of Syd Barrett.
  • 1967-10-01 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour
  • 1967-11-27 Jimi Hendrix headlines bill (including The Move and Pink Floyd) for 2 shows at Whitla Hall, Queens College, in Belfast - his only concerts in Ireland
  • 1975-07-05 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage
  • 1975-09-12 Pink Floyd releases their ninth album "Wish You Were Here"
  • 1975-09-25 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies
  • 1994-10-29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour with a show at Earls Court in London, England
  • 1996-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue
  • 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.

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