Dick Parry

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Dick Parry
Parry (middle) with David Gilmour in 2006
Parry (middle) with David Gilmour in 2006
Background information
Birth nameRichard Parry
Born (1942-12-22) 22 December 1942 (age 81)
Kentford, Suffolk, England
Instrument(s)Saxophone, keyboards
Years active1964–present
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, most notably in solo parts on the Pink Floyd songs "Money", "Us and Them", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Wearing the Inside Out".[1][2] He also played on the Bloodstone album Riddle of the Sphinx.[3]


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[1] who played in Jokers Wild, another band in Cambridge. Contrary to some reports, Parry did not play in Jokers Wild.[4] 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.[1] Parry also played additional keyboards during Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I, VI and IX on Pink Floyd's 1977 In the Flesh 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.[1] Parry also played glass harmonica and additional keyboards on this tour.

He appeared at the Pink Floyd reunion at Live 8, where he played his saxophone part on "Money".[5] In 2009, he toured Europe and South Africa with the Violent Femmes.[1]

Selected discography as saxophonist[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dick Parry on tour". Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  2. ^ Grossman, Lloyd (24 May 1973). "Dark Side of the Moon – album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Bloodstone - Riddle Of The Sphinx = El Misterio De La Esfinge". Discogs.com. 26 June 1975. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  4. ^ Gilmour, Peter (April 2015). "Jokers Wild". The Music Scene of 1960s Cambridge (PDF). Vol. 6th Edition. pp. 58–59 – via Warren Dosanjh & Mick Brown.
  5. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7.
  6. ^ "Dick Parry Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2014.