When “The Pink Floyd Sound” was first formed in 1965 by best friends Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, who would have been able to know that some of the most progressive and best selling albums of all time would come out of the quirky, psychedelic band from London, England.
With drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright on board at it’s founding, The Pink Floyd sound went on to form a cult following in London’s underground music scene over the late 1960’s. In the years to come, The Pink Floyd Sound would come to find it’s sound, along with finding a shorter name, finally shortening it to simply “Pink Floyd”. In 1967, after having been the band’s conceptual and lyrical leader for two years, Syd Barrett would depart due to declining mental health and be replaced by then unknown guitarist David Gilmour.
From 1967 to 1972, Pink Floyd would release seven albums and see substantial success in the UK, but never eclipse #46 on the US Charts. In 1971, while touring across Japan, The United States and Britan after the release of their latest album “Meddle”, the now four-member band would begin it’s work on their 8th album. Original founder and bassist/vocalist Roger Waters began to step into the shoes of the conceptual leader of the band with the idea to have an album that was controversial at it’s roots. Instead of the ho-hum boredom of in-love, out-of-love songs that seemed to dominate mainstream radio, the band began to develop material that addressed the deeper issues in every individual’s life. Over the next year, at live performances and warehouse rehearsals, what was soon to be known as “Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics” would be born. Perfecting their material over 1972, the band would finally complete their studio recordings at Abbey Road Studios in January of 1973.
On March 1st, 1973, The Dark Side of the Moon would release in the United States to overall critical acclaim, and would peak at #1 on Billboard Top LPs & Tapes on April 28th, 1973. With it’s #1 spot only lasting for one week, it went onto remain in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks. It was certified 15x platinum in 1998 and to this day, The Dark Side of the Moon remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, and is currently in the top 25 list of best selling albums in the US with an approximate 34 million copies sold worldwide.