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Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett left Pink Floyd in April 1968 and was briefly hospitalized amid speculation of mental illness exacerbated by drug use.

Barrett was musically active for less than ten years. With Pink Floyd, he recorded four singles, their debut album (and contributed to the second one), and several unreleased songs. Barrett began his solo career in 1969 with the single "Octopus" from his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs (1970). The album was recorded over the course of a year with five different producers (Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Barrett himself). Nearly two months after Madcap was released, Barrett began working on his second and final album, Barrett (1970), produced by Gilmour and featuring contributions from Richard Wright. He went into self-imposed seclusion until his death in 2006. In 1988, an album of unreleased tracks and outtakes, Opel, was released by EMI with Barrett's approval.

Barrett's innovative guitar work and exploration of experimental techniques such as dissonance, distortion and feedback influenced many musicians, including David Bowie & Brian Eno. His recordings are also noted for their strongly English-accented vocal delivery. After leaving music, Barrett continued with painting and dedicated himself to gardening. Biographies began appearing in the 1980s. Pink Floyd wrote and recorded several tributes to him, most notably the 1975 album Wish You Were Here, which included "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", as homage to Barrett.


Top Rated Albums

An Introduction to Syd Barrett
Compilation - 2010


Compilation - 1988


The Peel Sessions
Extended Play (EP) - 1987


Syd Barrett
Compilation - 1974


Octopus: The Best of Syd Barrett
Compilation - 1992


The Madcap Laughs
Studio Album - 1970


Crazy Diamond
Compilation - 1993


Studio Album - 1970


The Radio One Sessions
Live Album - 2004




Birth Name

Roger Keith Barrett


Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, organ, ukulele, banjo



Years active


Date Born

Sunday, January 6, 1946

City Born

Cambridge, England

Date Died

Friday, July 7, 2006

City Died

Cambridge, England


60 (at time of death)

Born 75 years ago.

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