On This Day in 1973 | Pink Floyd Released The Dark Side of the Moon

How I wish, how I wish you were here!

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on March 1st, 1973 by Harvest Records and it quickly proved successful. This record built on ideas explored in Pink Floyd’s earlier recordings and performances, but without the extended instrumentals that characterized their earlier work. On an episode of The Big Interview, our friend Dan Rather joined Roger Waters in the studio to talk about the album and how this record impacted the band.

Enjoy these fun facts about this record

  • This album claimed Billboard’s #1 spot for a week in 1973, and it stayed on the charts for a total of 917 weeks! The Dark Side of the Moon continues to hold the record for the most charted weeks on the Billboard 200.
  • Roger Waters is credited with writing the lyrics for all songs on the album. This was the first of Pink Floyd’s albums that solely used Roger’s lyrics and they were deeply personal, exploring themes of alienation, loss, and materialism.
  • “Us and Them” featured prominent jazz influences. It was, as keyboardist Richard Wright explained, an unusual song for pop music at the time.
  • In 2004, session vocalist Clare Torry sued the band for lost earnings – she claimed they owed her royalties for her improvised contributions on “The Great Gig in the Sky.” Torry won the suit against the band and their publisher, garnering 50% ownership of the song and 50% of the royalties. The settlement was reportedly worth millions of dollars.
  • The duo that created the album cover for The Dark Side of the Moon
    (Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis), drew inspiration from Pink Floyd’s live shows and deep lyrics. Thorgerson explains, “They hadn’t really celebrated their light show. That was one thing. The other thing was the triangle. I think the triangle, which is a symbol of thought and ambition, was very much a subject of Roger’s lyrics. So the triangle was a very a useful – as we know, obviously – was a very useful icon to deploy and making it into the prism – you know, the prism belonged to the Floyd.”

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