Tuesday, September 5, 2023

RIP Gary Wright

A rough week for rockers continues apace after cheese-ball 1990s rocker Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth died, and now Gary Wright has left us, from Parkinson’s at age 80. Although not a massive star, he had two great spacey keyboard rock hits that each made it to number 2 on the charts in 1975. “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive” continued to play for decades on classic-rock radio (not to mention “Really Want to Know You” is a good third one). Perhaps the real feathers in Wright’s hat were his keyboard work with George Harrison, especially on All Things Must Pass, and later as a member of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

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