Poor Richard Wright. The Pink Floyd keyboardist, who died earlier this week at the age of 65, deserves better.
In life, Wright labored in the shadow of band leaders Syd Barrett and, later, Roger Waters. Despite significant contributions during Pink Floyd's glory years of the 1970s, Wright was ousted from the band by the increasingly imperious Waters. Given that, it's a tribute to Wright that he participated in the Floyd reunion at the Live 8 concert in 2005.
In death, Wright continues to get little respect. The Associated Press, as seen here, got the details of the band's history wrong. "Atom Heart Mother" and "Echoes" were recorded and released before "Dark Side of the Moon," not afterward. A bit of fact checking could have prevented that error — yet another example of the need to edit wire stories. Even worse is the headline from The Huffington Post. "Pink Floyd guy" is flippant and disrespectful. It's also not great for search engine opitimization — "Richard Wright" was the top search term on Google Trends when news of Wright's death hit the Web.
For a proper sendoff as Wright goes to the great gig in the sky, try this appreciation at NPR's site and this post at David Menconi's blog, On the Beat.