June 5, 1975 was a somewhat significant day in the history of Pink Floyd. On this day 42 years ago, the band was in studio putting the finishing touches on their song Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a song about former member Syd Barrett, who had been essentially removed from the band years earlier after suffering the effects of mental health problems and perhaps excessive psychedelic drug use.
Barrett showed up in the studio on that day, during those sessions – though nobody recognized him at first and he wasn’t making a whole lot of sense. He also attended David Gimour’s wedding reception later that night, though he left without saying goodbye to anyone. It would be the last time any of Pink Floyd’s members would see Barrett alive. He passed away in 2006.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond would go on to appear on Wish You Were Here when it was released in September of that year.
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Today’s feature is the album’s title track.