On June 5, 1975, Pink Floyd was recording their “Wish You Were Here” album at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Syd Barrett, who at this time in his life was heavyset, with a completely shaved head and eyebrows wandered into the studio while the band was recording. Because of his drastically changed appearance, the band could not recognise him for some time.
When they eventually recognised Barrett, Roger Waters was so distressed he was reduced to tears. Apparently, when “Wish You Were Here” was played, “Sid stood up and said, ‘Right, when do I put my guitar on?’” Richard Wright recalled. “And of course, he didn’t have a guitar with him. And we said, ‘Sorry, Syd, the guitar’s all done.’”
Wright has also said “Roger Waters was there, and he was sitting at the desk, and I came in and I saw this guy sitting behind him—huge, bald, fat guy. I thought, “He looks a bit…strange…” Anyway, so I sat down with Roger at the desk and we worked for about ten minutes, and this guy kept on getting up and brushing his teeth and then sitting—doing really weird things, but keeping quiet. And I said to Roger, “Who is he?” and Roger said “I don’t know.” and I said “Well, I assumed he was a friend of yours,” and he said “No, I don’t know who he is.” Anyway, it took me a long time, and then suddenly I realised it was Syd, after maybe 45 minutes. He came in as we were doing the vocals for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, which was basically about Syd. He just, for some incredible reason he picked the very day that we were doing a song which was about him. And we hadn’t seen him, I don’t think, for two years before. That’s what’s so incredibly weird about this guy. And a bit disturbing, as well, I mean, particularly when you see a guy, that you don’t, you couldn’t recognise him. And then, for him to pick the very day we want to start putting vocals on, which is a song about him. Very strange.”
The picture above is of Syd on 5 June 1975.