Dick Parry

Dick Parry
Dick Parry
Born 22 December 1942 (1942-12-22) (age 68)
Kentford, Suffolk, England
Genres Progressive rock
Occupations Saxophonist
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet
Years active 1964 - present
Associated acts Pink Floyd
David Gilmour
Joker's Wild
Dick Parry playing with Pink Floyd, 1973 (second from right)

Richard 'Dick' Parry (born 22 December 1942 in Kentford, Suffolk, England) 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".[1][2] He also played on the Bloodstone album Riddle of the Sphinx.


He started his career as a friend of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.[1] He was part of a mid-1960s band also including Gilmour called Joker's Wild. From there, Gilmour persuaded 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 on every Pink Floyd live performance between 1973 and 1977, and the 1994 world tour.[1] 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 DVD's Remember That Night and Live in Gdańsk, respectively.[1]

He appeared at the Pink Floyd reunion at Live 8, where he played his saxophone part on "Money". Currently (2009), he has been seen touring Europe and South Africa with the Violent Femmes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dick Parry on tour". http://www.davidgilmourblog.com/2006/02/dick-parry-on-tour.html. Retrieved 2009-02-19. "Dick Parry played the famous sax solos on ‘Money’ and ’Us and Them’ from ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ (1973) and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond‘ from ‘Wish You Were Here’ (1975). A session musician who has worked with the likes of John Entwistle and Rory Gallagher, Dick has been a friend of David‘s since childhood and toured with Pink Floyd during the Seventies. He gave up playing the saxophone and became a farrier, yet David managed to convince him to record and tour 1994’s ‘The Division Bell’ album. Since then, he has played with David in Paris and London in 2001 and 2002 and also played his part the famous Pink Floyd reunion for Live 8 last July." 
  2. ^ Lloyd Grossman The Dark Side of the Moon - album review rollingstone.com, May 24, 1973