Gary Wright has passed away at age 80. His death was announced Monday on Facebook by longtime friends Stephen Bishop and onetime Ambrosia member David Pack.
Wright built his name after moving to London in the late 1960s, first as a member of Spooky Tooth, then as a sideman on good friend George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album and most famously as a solo artist. Wright’s 1975 debut, The Dream Weaver, sold over two million copies and produced a pair of number-two hits in the title track and "Love Is Alive."
Wright's friendship with George Harrison extended for many more years as he appeared on at least one song on six of Harrison's nine following studio albums. He also toured as a member of Harrison's former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band from 2008 through 2011 and also guested with them back in 2012.
He wrote about his life in music in the 2014 memoir Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison.
Gary Wright is survived by his wife, Rose, and sons Dorian and Justin.
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