As the Beatles had Liverpool, and the Rolling Stones had London, just so Pink Floyd had Cambridge, at least with regard to Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour and Syd Barrett. While Cambridge remained influential, it was in and around London and its suburbs that the group came into being. Roger, Rick and Nick, all Regent Street Polytechnic architecture students, had been in a band there eventually called the Abdabs. This was a blues band that went through a number of changes of personnel, but those three stayed in it.
Syd Barrett had got a place at Camberwell College of Art in September 1964, when I was just starting my second year of Junior School. He moved into a flat where another occupant was Roger. Syd actually replaced a chap called Chris Dennis in the Abdabs in 1964. Roger started playing bass instead of lead guitar, and Rick sensed that with Syd in the band, it could take a welcome turn from blues, which he did not like, more towards a classical slant which he was much happier with.
Syd had two cats, respectively named “Pink” (a tribute to a blues singer called Pink Anderson), and “Floyd”, this being a reference to a band from North Carolina, USA called “Floyd Council”. Hence the new name for the Abdabs.
Their first recordings were made during the 1964 Christmas break, including “I’m a King Bee” and “Lucy Leave”, both of which I acquired on CD many years later. This was how they looked a couple of years later: