Gary Wright

Happy BirthdayGary Malcolm Wright (born April 26, 1943) is an American musician, best known for his songs “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive” as well as his work with the British band Spooky Tooth.

Wright was born and raised in CresskillNew Jersey. He attended Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey.[1]

In 1959, Wright made his first commercial recording with Billy Markle as the duo Gary & Billy for the 20th Century Fox Records record label. The songs released were “Working After School” and “Lisa”. In the 1960s, Wright went to Europe to continue studyingpsychology. In 1967, he joined the band Spooky Tooth as singer and keyboardist. In 1970 Wright was involved as a record producer with the Liverpool based folk music band Arrival, and he was also a member of the folk rock band Howl the Good who had played alongside Arrival at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. During this period, he also befriended George Harrison and was invited to contribute piano to Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Around this time he also played piano on Nilsson‘s “Without You“. On November 23, 1971, Wright appeared on an episode of The Dick Cavett Show in a band called Wonder Wheel, performing “Two Faced Man”, a song he wrote. George Harrison plays slide guitar in this band as a favor, since Wright had played piano on Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass. The episode can be viewed on the DVD The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons: Disc 3.

After Spooky Tooth split in 1974, Wright continued his solo career, culminating in his album The Dream Weaver and its title track “Dream Weaver“. The single peaked at #2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, sold over one million copies. The song was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in March 1976.[2] It has been featured in the Wayne’s World feature film and soundtrack album as well as in the feature films The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and Toy Story 3 (2010).

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