40 years ago this month ex-Soft Machine guitarist Kevin Ayers released as a single "Oh! Wot A Dream", a song about his eccentric friend Syd Barrett:
You are the most extraordinary person /
You write the most peculiar kind of tunes /
I met you floating as I was boating /
The song appeared on Ayers's 1973 album Bananamour, his follow up to 1971's acclaimed Whatevershebringswesing which featured the memorable single "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes.