Singer Gary Wright, best known for his hit “Dream Weaver,” has died at 80, his son Justin Wright told TMZ.
A Broadway actor as a child, Wright later moved to England where he played keyboard on former Beatle George Harrison’s album, All Things Must Pass.
Wright soon made his own name as a solo artist, pioneering the synthesizer in songs like “Dream Weaver.”
Wright died on Monday, after living with Parkinson’s disease and dementia for approximately five years, said his son.
Wright’s Parkinson’s developed over the last year and according to Justin, Wright was unable to move around or speak.
Fellow musicians memorialized Wright after his passing. “Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable,” singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop wrote on Twitter. “His legacy will live on for many years to come.”
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