Gary Wright He died after a long battle with his health… TMZ has learned.
Justin WrightGary’s son tells us that his father passed away Monday morning at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California – which is located in South Bay. We’re told he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about 5 or 6 years ago, as well as Lewy body dementia shortly thereafter.
Gary’s Parkinson’s disease has progressed rapidly over the past year, and Justin says his father eventually lost the ability to move and speak. We are told that over the past few days, the nurses who have been working at Gary’s home have told the family that he is entering his final term.
His family and loved ones were by his side at the time of his death – word of it is already starting to spread in the music world, including among the singer-songwriter. Stephen Bishop.
It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of my dear friend Gary Wright. The attached photos hold precious memories from the first and last time we shared the stage together, along with our mutual friend, musician John Ford Cooley. Gary’s vibrant personality and… pic.twitter.com/r7bwnIhKME
– Stephen Bishop (BishSongs) September 4, 2023
Bishop posted two snaps of himself and Gary, adding… “The attached photos hold precious memories from the first and last time we shared the stage together, along with our mutual friend musician John Ford Cooley. Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made everyone a truly enjoyable moment together.” . His legacy will live on for many years to come.”
He adds, “I will always cherish the warmth and kindness Gary and his wife Rose showed me, and I will forever cherish the stories he shared with me of the days gone by. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.”
Gary is probably best remembered for two huge singles he released in the mid-’70s – “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive” – but his catalog goes way beyond that.
He ended up producing 12 different albums dating back to the 1970’s… not to mention loads of compilations and collaborations he’s done with other musicians. One of the famous partnerships he was part of for a while was with the former Beatle George Harrison.
Gary served as the keyboardist on George’s album “All Things Must Pass” and is credited with helping out on other George singles as well. George returned the favor on one of Gary’s albums, after he worked on “Footprints”.
Gary has done a lot for music in general – and he’s also known as one of the first major artists to introduce the synthesizer into pop music…which has become a staple in today’s biz.
He was 80 years old
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