They can do the can-can

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Mar 2014 They can do the can-can

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was amused to come across the picture above of the group posing for the press outside EMI’s then London HQ when they turned professional in February, 1967.


“Oh for the days when I could still lift my leg up that high!” said Nick,  the only constant member of Pink Floyd since their formation in 1965.


Nick’s drummer friend Brian Bennett from The Shadows could not resist commenting: “That’s not Pink Floyd! It’s The Shadows!”


The line-up of Pink Floyd in 1967 was Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Roger Waters on bass, Richard Wright on organ and backing vocals, and Nick on drums and percussion.


They scored their first hit that year with ‘Arnold Layne’ which reached No.20 in the UK and followed it with ‘See Emily Play’ which got to No.6.