Gary Malcolm Wright (April 26, 1943 – August 30, 2023): The Dream Weaver of Music and Friendship
Gary Malcolm Wright was an accomplished American musician and composer whose creative journey left an indelible mark on the world of music. Born on April 26, 1943, in Cresskill, New Jersey, Wright’s life was a tapestry of artistic endeavors and influential connections.
From an early age, Wright displayed his talent, initially as a child actor and later as a musician. His foray into the world of music began with piano and organ, and soon he was leading various local rock bands while attending Tenafly High School. Despite his passion for music, he initially pursued a career in medicine, reflecting on music as a potentially unstable choice. He undertook studies in medicine and psychology, straddling the worlds of academia and creativity.
Wright’s artistic journey took a significant turn when he moved to London and became a part of the British blues rock band Spooky Tooth. This transition marked the beginning of a successful career, both as a band member and a solo artist. He notably contributed to George Harrison’s album “All Things Must Pass,” setting the stage for a lasting friendship and influencing his songwriting with Indian religious themes and spirituality.
In 1975, Wright’s breakthrough album, “The Dream Weaver,” brought him widespread recognition, featuring hit songs like “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive.” This album firmly established his place in the music industry. Although subsequent releases did not reach the same level of popularity, Wright’s exploration of world music and the new age genre showcased his artistic versatility.
Beyond his music, Wright delved into film soundtrack work, re-recording his hit song “Dream Weaver” for the popular comedy “Wayne’s World” in 1992. He continued to perform live, showcasing his musical prowess and connecting with audiences worldwide.
In 2014, he penned down his autobiography, “Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison,” offering insights into his life and the influential friendships that shaped his musical journey.
Gary Malcolm Wright passed away at home in Palos Verdes Estates on August 30, 2023, at the age of 80, leaving a rich musical legacy that continues to inspire and resonate with fans globally. His battle with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease in his later years added depth to his life’s narrative, making his contributions to music all the more remarkable and enduring. Ringo Starr’s heartfelt condolences on Twitter reflected the profound impact Wright had on the music community.