Drumming Up Birthday Wishes For Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

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(Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

(Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Today is drummer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nick Mason[/lastfm]‘s birthday!

So to celebrate the occasion, Jack FM is making [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pink Floyd[/lastfm]‘s “Time” our Song of the Day!

Funny… we now have this urge to watch The Wizard of Oz.

With over 200 million albums sold worldwide and a style all their own, Pink Floyd are one of the most successful and influential bands in rock.

Formed in 1965, Pink Floyd first rose to prominence in London’s underground music scene.  Two years later, they released their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and scored two Top 20 hits on the U.K. Singles chart with “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play.”

Between 1968 and 1972, the band’s commercial success in England continued as they released one hit album after another.  Little did they know they were on the brink of music history.

In ’73, Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon.  It was an instant international smash, selling over 50 million albums around the globe.  The album peaked at No. 1 in several countries, including the U.S. where it stayed on the charts for nearly 15 years.  The Dark Side of the Moon produced the singles “Us and Them,” “Time” and “Money,” which went to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wish You Were Here followed in 1975, with Animals two years later.  In 1979, the Pink Floyd phenomenon reached a climax with the double-album The Wall.  Again, it was a worldwide hit.  In the States, The Wall sold 23 million copies, while the song “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” landed atop the Pop Singles Chart.

Pink Floyd released the album The Final Cut in 1983, and it would be their last with founding member [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Roger Waters[/lastfm].  After a legal dispute with Waters over the use of the band’s name, Pink Floyd released two more albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division, before calling it quits in 1994.

In 2005, the classic lineup of Waters, Nick Mason, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Richard Wright[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Gilmour[/lastfm] reunited in London for the Live 8 charity concert.  It was the first time all four had performed together in nearly 25 years.

Check out Pink Floyd performing “Wish You Were Here” at the 2005 Live 8 concert.  And yes,  Jack FM is just another lost soul swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.

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