This trained opera singer has something to say about Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky”

For the last 50 years, people have immersed themselves in “The Great Gig in the Sky,” the song that ends side one of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, a big keyboard piece mated to vocalizations by Clare Torry. (Fun fact: She later sued the band saying that her contributions constituted co-writing the track, meaning that she was due royalties. And who wouldn’t? She was paid a studio fee of £30 for coming in on a Sunday. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005.)

Elizabeth Zharoff, otherwise known as The Charismatic Voice (she’s a professionally-trained opera singer and vocal coach), takes a look at “The Great Gig in the Sky”–apparently only the third time she’s ever heard a Pink Floyd song.

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2 thoughts on “This trained opera singer has something to say about Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky”

  • I’m sorry, I just don’t buy it. How does someone who lives in the US, and grew up through the 80s and 90s, and attended Berklee, not be familiar with any band or artist of the past 30 years?

  • It is not the original Clare Torry recording that has been reviewed by this trained opera singer.
    She’s commenting on a ” Cover Version “.
    The backing vocalists copying the original.
    This renders the whole thing rather pointless I reckon.


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