Pink Floyd emerged from England's musicscene in 1967 formed by Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals, Roger Waters on guitar, Nick Mason on drums and Rick Wright on keyboards and joined by guitarist David Gilmour.
In 1973 they released Dark Side of the Moon. The album's examination of the human condition, plus the polished production, struck a chord with succeeding generations of music buyers, ensuring its prolonged success. The album spent 6 years in the charts in the UK, over 14 years in the Billboard 200 in the US, and is in the top five of the world's best selling albums, at over 40 million copies sold. The follow-up Wish You Were Here was released in 1975, and reached No.1 in both US and UK.
Musical and personality differences within the band led Roger Waters to depart in 1985, and there followed an argument over who had the right to the name Pink Floyd. The next Pink Floyd releases (without Waters) were A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987, and 1994's Division Bell.
In 1996 the band were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Almost 20 years after they split, the band (including Waters) played their last gig together for the Live 8 concert in London. Despite substantial offers to reform and tour, the band declined and have no plans to reunite.