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Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is a British musician and songwriter. He is best known as the leader and main songwriter for the rock band Pink Floyd. He was a major force in the creation of the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), The Wall (1979), and The Final Cut (1983).

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Waters was born in Surry, England to Eric Fletcher Waters and Mary Waters. His father died when he was just five years old while serving in the British Army, though he had previously been a pacifist conscientious objector. His mother was a schoolteacher. It was while he was attending Cambridgeshire High School for Boys that Waters met Syd Barrett, who also attended, and David Gilmour, who lived nearby.

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When he graduated, he decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering at the Regent Street Polytechnic. This is where he met future Pink Floyd founder Nick Mason and Richard Wright.

Waters and his Regent Street friends began to lose interest in their studies, opting instead to make music. They jammed with vocalist Keith Noble, bassist Clive Metcalfe as the Sigma Six (the sixth was Noble's sister who occasionally sang vocals) until the two left to join another band.

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By this time, Barrett reunited with Waters along with his bandmates, and Pink Floyd was formed. After a few years under Barrett's lead, the band decided to go on without him at the direction of new managers. It wasn't long before David Gilmour was added to the band. Barrett had written every song on Pink Floyd's debut album except "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk," which was written by Waters. Soon, Waters became the bandleader and primary songwriter.

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Over the next several years, Waters created the concepts behind the albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979), and The Final Cut (1983). The Wall is based very heavily on Waters' own life story. By 1985, Waters decided to leave Pink Floyd, and engaged in legal battles over the rights to much of the band's music.

 

 

 

 

 

Since the mid 1980s, Waters has had a prolific solo career. In 1984, he released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. He has gone on to record Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), Amused to Death (1992), and Ça Ira (2005).

After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Waters staged a concert with many high profile acts including Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams and Sinéad O'Connor.

He has toured extensively over the last three decades, also taking long hiatuses. He has also reunited with the members of Pink Floyd on occasion.

Waters has always been very politically active, and has openly opposed Israel's settlements in Palestine.

He has been married four times, and had one son with his second wife who has played keyboard with him on tours since 2002.

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  • Birthday Date: Saturday, 06 September 2014
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