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 Gary Wright

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Original Name
Gary Malcolm Wright
Birth
Cresskill, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death
4 Sep 2023 (aged 80)
Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated
Memorial ID
259268891 View Source

Musician and Songwriter, Actor. A keyboardist, he is remembered for the 1970s hit singles "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive." He got his start in entertainment at the age of seven, initially as an actor when he appeared on the TV series "Captain Video" in 1950 and in 1956, he appeared in the cast of the Broadway play "Fanny." During his high school years, he gravitated to music and played in a number of bands, prior to studying Psychology at Frei University in Germany. Following his return home, he formed the group The New York Times which opened for the British band Traffic in 1967. Wright joined former members of the British ensemble Art to form Spooky Tooth and they would record three albums, before he departed in 1970. He would periodically return to Spooky Tooth over the decades. Wright contributed musically to George Harrison's album "All Things Must Pass" (1970), before making a name for himself as a solo artist. The single "Dream Weaver" (1976) achieved a number 2 placing on the American Pop Charts, in addition to gold record status. This was followed with "Love Is Alive" which also peaked at number 2 in 1976. In 1981, he had a Top 40 single with "Really Wanna Know You." Wright's music can be found in scores of films and TV programs. He died of complications from Lewy Body Dementia.

Musician and Songwriter, Actor. A keyboardist, he is remembered for the 1970s hit singles "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive." He got his start in entertainment at the age of seven, initially as an actor when he appeared on the TV series "Captain Video" in 1950 and in 1956, he appeared in the cast of the Broadway play "Fanny." During his high school years, he gravitated to music and played in a number of bands, prior to studying Psychology at Frei University in Germany. Following his return home, he formed the group The New York Times which opened for the British band Traffic in 1967. Wright joined former members of the British ensemble Art to form Spooky Tooth and they would record three albums, before he departed in 1970. He would periodically return to Spooky Tooth over the decades. Wright contributed musically to George Harrison's album "All Things Must Pass" (1970), before making a name for himself as a solo artist. The single "Dream Weaver" (1976) achieved a number 2 placing on the American Pop Charts, in addition to gold record status. This was followed with "Love Is Alive" which also peaked at number 2 in 1976. In 1981, he had a Top 40 single with "Really Wanna Know You." Wright's music can be found in scores of films and TV programs. He died of complications from Lewy Body Dementia.

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