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Dick Parry
Birth name Richard Parry
Born 22 December 1942 (1942-12-22) (age 78)
Kentford, Suffolk, England
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts Pink Floyd
David Gilmour
The Soul Committee
DarkSideOfTheMoon1973
Parry (second from right) playing with Pink Floyd in 1973

Richard Parry (born 22 December 1942) is an English saxophonist. He has appeared as a session musician on various albums by modern bands and artists, and is probably best known for his solo parts on the Pink Floyd songs "Money", "Us and Them", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Wearing the Inside Out". He also played on the Bloodstone album Riddle of the Sphinx.

Career

Born in Kentford, Suffolk, Parry started his career as a saxophonist in The Soul Committee, a mid-1960s band in Cambridge. He was a friend of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour who played in Jokers Wild, another band in Cambridge. Contrary to some reports, Parry did not play in Jokers Wild. Some years later, Gilmour asked him to play on Pink Floyd studio albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Division Bell, as well as in every Pink Floyd live performance between 1973 and 1977, and the 1994 world tour. He also toured as part of the Who's brass section on their 1979–1980 tours.

He played saxophone on "Celestine" for the 1997 album Big Men Cry by Banco de Gaia.

Parry appeared on Gilmour's live dates in 2001 and 2002, one performance of which was released as David Gilmour in Concert. He also played on the 2006 On An Island tour in Europe, the United States and Canada, performing saxophone on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Wearing the Inside Out", and "Then I Close My Eyes". Shows from the Royal Albert Hall in London, and from the Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland were released as the DVDs Remember That Night and Live in Gdańsk, respectively.

He appeared at the Pink Floyd reunion at Live 8, where he played his saxophone part on "Money". In 2009, he toured Europe and South Africa with the Violent Femmes.

Selected discography as saxophonist

  • 1970: J. J. Jackson's Dilemma – J. J. Jackson
  • 1970: ...and proud of it! – J.J. Jackson
  • 1971: QuiverQuiver
  • 1971: Bring It Back Home – Mike Vernon with Rory Gallagher and Pete Wingfield
  • 1972: Let's Make Up and Be Friendly – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
  • 1972: Transatlantic – Jimmy Dawkins
  • 1972: Mick the Lad – Mick Grabham (Procol Harum)
  • 1972: London Gumbo – Lightnin' Slim
  • 1973: The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd (on "Money" and "Us and Them")
  • 1973: I'm the Worst Partner I Know – Kazimierz Lux
  • 1973: Urban Cowboy – Andy Roberts (on the track "Elaine")
  • 1974: First of the Big Bands – Paice Ashton Lord
  • 1974: Riddle of the Sphinx – Bloodstone
  • 1975: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part V)")
  • 1975: Mad Dog – John Entwistle (The Who)
  • 1975: Live 1971–1975 – Les Humphries Singers
  • 1975: Love Is a Five Letter Word – Jimmy Witherspoon
  • 1975: Fingertips – Duster Bennett
  • 1982: JinxRory Gallagher
  • 1993: BBC Radio One Live in Concert – Paice Ashton Lord
  • 1994: The Division Bell – Pink Floyd ("Wearing the Inside Out")
  • 1995: Pulse – Pink Floyd
  • 1998: Big Men Cry – Banco de Gaia (on the track "Celestine")
  • 2002: David Gilmour in Concert – David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) – DVD
  • 2007: Remember That Night - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) - DVD
  • 2008: Live in Gdańsk - David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) - DVD
  • 2008: Duchess – Deborah Bonham
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