Legendary vocalist and songwriter Willie Wright has died aged 80juin 30, 2020
American singer-songwriter Willie Wright has died at the age of 80.
The star was due to celebrate his 81st birthday next week but news of his passing earlier this month has now been confirmed.
His passing was confirmed in a statement from his family on his official website for Green Coil Records, which reads: “We are sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and musical collaborator Willie Wright earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
“In addition to his family and many friends, he leaves legions of loyal fans worldwide, who will keep his unique musical legacy alive.”
Wright began his lengthy music career with doo-wop bands in the 1960s before his own solo success.
His seminal album Telling the Truth was released in 1977, but his solo career began with his first album Lack of Education, which was released in 1971.
Well-known tracks from Wright include Right On For The Darkness, I’m So Happy Now, and Nantucket Island.
Telling the Truth found a second life in 2011 when it was re-issued over 34 years since its original release.
The second release of the album brought about renewed interest in Wright’s prolific career.
His daughter Lisa published a message to her late father as news of his death first broke through record label Numero Group’s official Instagram page.
Lisa writes: “Lisa here is a list of things to remember, you most likely know all of these things already, this list is to remind you not to forget. From your father, William C. Garthright.
“Take time to work, it is the price of success.
“Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
“Take time to think, it is the source of power, also take time to talk.
“Take time to read a book, it is the foundation of wisdom and knowledge.
“Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
“Take time to laugh, it is also the greatest power on earth.
“Take time to listen, it is the pathway to understanding.
“Take time to dream, it is like hitching your wagon to the stars.
“Take time to love and be love. It is the gift of God. Read this list from time to time.”
We’ll always have Willie’s beautiful music to remember him by.
Willie Wright (1939-2020)
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