1940, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. Wright was raised in Los Angeles, California, and from the age of 12 began playing music in high school where he was attracted strongly to the blues, having previously heard gospel music in church. Early influences included soul and blues artists such as Jesse Belvin, James Brown, Little Walter, Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson as well as, contrastingly, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Playing guitar, piano and bass, and occasionally drums too, he made his first recordings in 1956 for Cholly Records, which were released through Dot Records. He was with a number of vocal groups, including the Twilighters, recording Eternally, the Shields, You Cheated, and the Galahads, Lonely Guy. As a studio musician he worked on Silverthroat, which was Bill Cosbys first singing album. Wright led bands, such as the commercially successful funk band Watts 103rd Street...
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