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David Gilmour Pays Tribute to Rick Wright With "Remember A Day"

September 24, 2008 11:46 AM ET

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour paid tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright last night on the BBC's Late Night With Jools Holland. Gilmour and his band performed Floyd's "Remember A Day," a track from A Saucerful of Secrets written and originally sung by Wright. Following the performance, Gilmour sat down with Holland to discuss Wright's legacy. "He was a very self-effacing but very talented, lovely chap. We're incredibly sad to have lost him," Gilmour said. Wright died last week after a brief bout with cancer. He was 65. Check out Gilmour's performance of "Remember A Day" above.

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