By 1966, the group's repertoire consisted mainly of rhythm and blues songs and they had begun to receive paid bookings, including a performance at the Marquee Club in March 1966, where Peter Jenner, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, noticed them.Jenner was impressed by the sonic effects Barrett and Wright created, and with his business partner and friend Andrew King became their manager.I 1962 signerte King platekontrakt med ABC-Paramount Records, og i november 1964 spilte King inn det legendariske albumet Live at the Regal ved The Regal Theatre i Chicago.Kings første suksess utenfor bluesmarkedet var en coverversjon av Roy Hawkins-sangen «The Thrill is Gone» han spilte inn i 1969, som ble en hit både på pop- og R&B-listene, noe som var svært uvanlig for en R&B-artist.The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985.
The three produced two more albums—A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994)—and toured through 1994.They performed songs by the Searchers and material written by their manager and songwriter, fellow student Ken Chapman.In September 1963, Waters and Mason moved into a flat at 39 Stanhope Gardens near Crouch End in London, owned by Mike Leonard, a part-time tutor at the nearby Hornsey College of Art and the Regent Street Polytechnic.After nearly two decades of acrimony, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason reunited with Waters in 2005 to perform as Pink Floyd in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8; Gilmour and Waters later stated they had no plans to reunite as a band again. The final Pink Floyd studio album, The Endless River (2014), was recorded without Waters and based almost entirely on unreleased material.
Pink Floyd were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health.