Birthplace: Creskill, NJ
Race or Ethnicity: White
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dream Weaver
Having started out as a child actor working in televison, radio and on stage, Gary Wright turned to a career in music after a period spent in Germany studying psychology. While touring as the opening act for Traffic, Wright attracted the interest of Island Records, who introduced the singer to a band in their stable named Art. Wright agreed to join, and in 1967 Art changed its name to the much more sensible Spooky Tooth and (perhaps as a result) moved on to much greater success. Three records with the band were recorded (including a colaboration with French musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry, before Wright left to form the short-lived project Wonderwheel and then pursue a solo career. In 1972, however, he was back with Spooky Tooth; the group produced two more albums before dissolving.
In 1975, Gary Wright released the record that he is most remembered by: The Dream Weaver. So many dreams have been woven since that the title song has found its way into the cultural consciousness, being put to use (albeit in a less-than-reverent manner) in the film Wayne's World and in the cable series Mr. Show with Bob and David. A number of solo records have followed -- and continue intermittently to surface -- but none have achieved a similar level of popularity. Wright has created a handful of films scores as well.
Spooky Tooth Keyboardist/Vocalist (1967-70 and 1972-74)
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