Monday, 10 February 2014

The Archivist: Gary Wright - The Light Of Smiles

During the mid 70s - I was given a mixtape which contained a track called The Dreamweaver by Gary Wright. It was a HUGE hit in the USA and the album of the same name went on to sell millions.

I did invest in Dreamweaver but Gary's next album, The Light Of Smiles, is my favourite Gary Wright album.

Relatively unknown here in the UK, Gary is a keyboard player who first came to the attention of the masses when in 1967, he joined the British band Spooky Tooth. But since 1971, he has recorded his own albums.

He also features on the classic George Harrison solo album All Things Must Pass.

The Light Of Smiles is a phrase from the Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda. Gary was given his book, 'The Autobiography of a Yogi', by George Harrison on a trip to India which they both took in 1972.

Mainly keyboard based, the album features various moods from very reflective to very uplifting upbeat songs.

Gary stills plays and has recently been a part of Ringo Starr's touring band. He continues to release albums to this day.

Twitter - @GaryxWright

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