500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

324. Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

Writers: David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Producers: Pink Floyd
Released: Sept. '75, Columbia

While Pink Floyd were recording this elegy for burned-out ex-frontman Syd Barrett, he mysteriously appeared in the studio in such bad shape that, at first, nobody in the band recognized him. "He stood up and said, 'Right, when do I put my guitar on?'" keyboardist Rick Wright recalled. "And of course, he didn’t have a guitar with him. And we said, 'Sorry, Syd, the guitar’s all done.'"

Appears on: Wish You Were Here (Capitol)


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