Gary Wright is a Bergen County native, with roots in Cresskill and Tenafly, but first found fame in the ’60s, in England, as a member of the band Spooky Tooth. In 1970, he played on George Harrison’s classic All Thing Must Pass album and also embarked on a solo career; six years later, he peaked with a pair of No. 2 hits, “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive,” both from his 1975 album The Dream Weaver — possibly the first pop album to feature only keyboards, drums and vocals (plus guitar on only one track).
Below is a clip of him performing “Love Is Alive” on television’s “The Midnight Special” in 1976, with, again, no guitar or bass.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.
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