Gary Wright, the renowned singer and keyboardist famous for his 1970s synthesizer-driven hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive,” passed away at the age of 80. The news of his death was confirmed by his son Justin Wright, who revealed that Gary died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates on Monday.
Born on April 26, 1943, in New Jersey, Gary Wright’s journey in the entertainment industry started at a young age. He worked as a child actor and even made appearances on the TV series “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949 at the age of 7. Additionally, he starred in commercials and gained recognition for his role in the Broadway musical “Fanny” in 1954.
After graduating from college in New York, where he pursued psychology, Wright traveled to Germany to continue his studies. It was during his time in Europe that he met Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who introduced him to musician Mike Harrison in the late 1960s. Together, they formed the British rock band Spooky Tooth, which eventually disbanded in 1970.
Following the disbandment of Spooky Tooth, Wright embarked on a solo career, signing with A&M Records. He also formed the band Wonderwheel and collaborated with various artists, including playing the keyboard on George Harrison’s critically acclaimed album “All Things Must Pass,” released in 1970. In 1973, Spooky Tooth briefly reunited before going their separate ways again.
During his illustrious career, Gary Wright recorded a total of 10 albums, with his most notable work being the 1975 album “The Dream Weaver.” This album featured his chart-topping hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive,” which propelled him to international fame.
Upon hearing the news of Gary Wright’s passing, singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop took to social media to pay tribute to his dear friend. Bishop expressed his sadness and shared cherished memories of performing alongside Gary and their mutual musical pal John Ford Coley. He also acknowledged Wright’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent, emphasizing that his legacy will endure for many years to come.
The music community and fans alike are mourning the loss of Gary Wright. His contributions to the world of music, particularly his innovative use of synthesizers, left a lasting impact. Wright’s songwriting skills and distinct musical style cemented his place in music history, and he will be remembered as a talented musician who pushed the boundaries of sound.
The passing of Gary Wright marks the end of an era, but his music and legacy will continue to inspire future generations. As fans listen to his iconic hits like “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive,” they will remember the man behind the music, who brought joy and emotion to countless listeners around the world. Though he may be gone, his spirit lives on through his timeless music.