Tributes have been paid to the late musician Gary Wright, who died aged 80.
Wright who was behind the 1975 hit, ‘Dream Weaver’, and a regular collaborator with the Beatles’ George Harrison, passed away at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
The singer had a long battle with health issues over recent years, including Parkinson’s disease and Dementia.
The news of Wright’s death was confirmed by his son Justin, who shared details of his father’s recent health battles, including being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 6 years ago.
Nurses working at the singer’s home had confirmed that he was entering his final chapter. Gary Wright died surrounded by his family and loved ones.
“with great sadness”
Following his death, several musicians have paid tribute to Gary Wright, included Stephen Bishop, who posted this message on his X account, formerly known as Twitter.
“It is with great sadness that I received the news of my dear friend Gary Wright’s passing. The attached photos hold precious memories from the very first and last time we shared the stage together, alongside our mutual musical pal John Ford Coley. Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable. His legacy will live on for many years to come”, Bishop wrote.
He also added, “I will always cherish the warmth and kindness shown to me by Gary and his wife Rose, and I will forever hold dear the stories he shared with me about days gone by. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time”.
It is with great sadness that I received the news of my dear friend Gary Wright's passing. The attached photos hold precious memories from the very first and last time we shared the stage together, alongside our mutual musical pal John Ford Coley. Gary's vibrant personality and… pic.twitter.com/r7bwnIhKME
— Stephen Bishop (@BishSongs) September 4, 2023
A much loved singer and keyboardist, Gary Wright founded the UK band Spooky Tooth.
Although, he was better known for being a session player, collaborating with some of the finest musicians throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
This included featuring on Beatle star George Harrison’s 1970 solo album ‘All Things Must Pass’, with Harrison also featuring on Weaver’s ‘Footprint’ album a year later.
Wright also worked with Harrison’s Beatle bandmate Ringo Starr for some early solo singles, as well as collaborating with the likes of Tim Rose, BB King, Nilsson and others.
He will also be associated with bringing the keytar and synthesiser to the forefront of the 1970s rock and pop scene.
Gary Wright will also be remembered for 70s hits ‘Dream Weaver’ and ‘Love Is Alive’.
Check out ‘Dream Weaver’ below.