On This Day in 1980 | Pink Floyd’s The Wall was #1

It’s much more than just another brick in the wall!

The Wall is the 11th album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released as a double album on November 30, 1979, by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records in the United States. At first, it received mixed critical responses, though it was very commercially successful, reaching number three on the UK Albums Chart and topping the US Billboard 200 for 15 weeks!

Enjoy these fun and interesting facts about this record.

  • The Wall is Pink Floyd’s second best selling album, after The Dark Side of the Moon, and one of the best selling albums of all time.
  • In 1980, The Wall was nominated for two different Grammy® Awards; ‘Album of the Year’ as well as ‘Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal’.
  • This album was created over the span of eight months in three different locations around the world; England, Southern France, and Los Angeles.
  • David Gilmour is credited with co-writing ‘Comfortably Numb’. Gilmour wrote the music while he was working on a solo album in 1978, and when he brought it to The Wall sessions, Waters wrote lyrics for it.
  • The songs in the album create a storyline about a person called Pink, a character based on Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, whose father was killed during World War II. Pink’s father also dies in the war, which is when he starts to build a metaphorical wall around him. The Wall looks at abandonment and isolation that is symbolized by a metaphorical wall.

Check out Roger Waters talking about the symbolism behind the album on The Big Interview with Dan Rather, which originally aired April 4, 2017!

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