Musician Gary Wright has passed away aged 80.
TMZ reported that Wright had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia with his son Justin confirming that ‘loved ones by his side at the time of his death’.
Fans and friends have paid their respects online, with ‘Save It for a Rainy Day’ singer Stephen Bishop writing ‘Gary's vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable. His legacy will live on for many years to come.’
Guitarist and singer Peter Frampton wrote ‘We have lost a dear friend, great performer, musician, singer and songwriter, the wonderfully talented Gary Wright. I have know him since Spooky Tooth and we toured incessantly together in 1976/77 on my Comes Alive Tour. A kind and gentle man I already miss.’
Wright co-founded the band ‘Spooky Tooth’ in 1960 before embarking on a solo career in the mid-70s where he found fame with hits ‘Dream Weaver’ and ‘Love Is Alive’.
"The Dream Weaver" album was regarded as groundbreaking at the time for its use of keyboards and synthesizers, with no guitars.
Wright went on to collaborate with many artists including George Harrison, playing keyboards on his 1970 album “All Things Must Pass”.