Gary Malcolm Wright
(born April 26, 1943, Cresskill, New Jersey
) is an American musician
, best known for his song, "Dream Weaver
". He was the piano player on Harry Nilsson
's version of "Without You
Wright was born and raised in Cresskill, New Jersey, and attended Tenafly High School
."Music Notes", The Star-Ledger
, November 16, 2000, p. 71. "Wright returns. Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Gary Wright, who grew up in Cresskill and went to Tenafly High School, will perform in New York tonight for the first time in 20 years."
A former child actor, Wright appeared in the 1954 original Broadway
production of the long-running musical, Fanny
(888 performances), having originated the role of Acolyte and then subsequently replacing Lloyd Reese in the role of Cesario, the son of Fanny. The title role of Fanny was originated by Florence Henderson
who later gained worldwide fame as matriarch Carol Brady in the long-running TV series, The Brady Bunch
. According to Henderson, Reese had to be replaced by Wright because (in her own words): "He (Reese) was a New York boy and puberty struck very early. It wasn't long till he looked like my boyfriend!"
In 1959, Wright made his first commercial recording with Billy Markle as the duo Gary & Billy for the 20th Century Fox Records record label
. The songs released were "Working After School" and "Lisa". In the 1960s, Wright went to......