Gary Wright


Wright studied organ and piano as a youth and headed local rock bands while still in high school in his native New Jersey. He cites Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Beatles as influences in the rock genre, and Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Bobby Bland as influences in R&B and blues.

Thinking that music as a career was too unstable, Gary instead chose medicine as a career, and spent several years studying to be a M.D.

Moving to Europe in 1966, he eventually abandoned his pursuit of a medical career, and became a session musician in London. He formed SPOOKY TOOTH in 1967, ands had considerable success with that group.

Gary was one of the early advocates of synthesizer use in rock and pop songs, and helped establish the instrument as a main component of those genres.

In 1970, he played on George Harrison’s first solo album, the triple record “All Things Must Pass”, as well as all of Harrison’s subsequent albums. He also played on the Ringo Starr hits “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Bugaloo”

Gary had 2 huge hits in 1976 as a solo performer with “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive”, reaching positions #1 and #2 respectively

He began doing film soundtracks in the early 80’s as well as gravitating towards World Music