Retro of the day: Gary wright

“Dream Weaver” is a song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the US, reaching #2 in the Billboard charts[3] while it reached #1 in the Cash Box charts in 1976.[4] Taken from the album The Dream Weaver released the previous year, it features Wright on vocals and keyboards, and Jim Keltner on drums. In 1992, Gary Wright re-recorded a longer version of “Dream Weaver” for the Wayne’s World movie soundtrack.

According to Gary Wright, the song was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison.[5] Paramhansa Yogananda’s poem “God! God! God!” made reference to “the idea of the mind weaving dreams.” The expression “Dream Weaver” was popularized by John Lennon in 1970 in his song “God”, taken from his solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. This song depicts Lennon’s declaration that he was the dream weaver of the sixties, breaking away from the influences and dogmas that influenced his life.

The song is widely considered the first synthpop hit song,[citation needed] with all instrumentation created by synthesizer except for the Keltner percussion.

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