Classic Rock Singer With Two #2 Hits On The Billboard Top 100 Dies At 80
Back in 1975, singer Gary Wright released the song “Dream Weaver.” The following year, it reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The soft rock hit is the song Wright is best known for, but he was far from a one-hit wonder. His song “Love Is Alive” also reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, he released popular songs, including “Really Wanna Know You” and “Phantom Writer.” He also performed on all of The Beatles’ George Harrison’s solo albums and played with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band.
Wright’s final solo album, “Connected,” was released in 2010. According to his son, Justin, he has been battling Parkinson’s for the past six of seven years. In addition, he was later diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, which is the most common type of dementia. Justin told TMZ that in recent years, his father was unable to move around and could no longer speak due to the diseases.
Now, Wright’s son confirms the sad news that his father has died. He was 80 years old. His cause of death was related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
Wright died at his home in the Palos Verdes Estates in California. His family was with him.
Lewy body dementia occurs when a type of protein builds up and leaves deposits on the brain. These deposits are called Lewy bodies. Parkinson’s is related to Lewy body dementia because the symptoms of Parkinson’s are often caused by Lewy bodies.
While Wright’s hit “Dream Weaver” was recorded in the 1970s, it resurfaced years later when it was featured in the movies “Wayne’s World,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Toy Story 3.”
Upon hearing the news of Wright’s death, many people posted touching tributes. For example, 71-year-old singer-songwriter Steven Bishop shared, “Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable. His legacy will live on for many years to come. I will always cherish the warmth and kindness shown to me by Gary and his wife Rose, and I will forever hold dear the stories he shared with me about days gone by.”
Rest in peace.