Dream Weaver

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"Dream Weaver"
Single by Gary Wright
from the album The Dream Weaver
B-side "Let It Out"
Released December 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre synthpop
Length 4:17 (Album version)
3:15 (Single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Gary Wright
Producer(s) Gary Wright
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Gary Wright singles chronology
"Dream Weaver"
(1976)
"Love Is Alive"
(1976)

"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 1960's, breaking away from the influences and dogmas that influenced his life.

The song was a synthpop hit song with all instrumentation created by synthesizer, except for the Keltner percussion.

In popular culture[edit]

In advertising[edit]

In films[edit]

In television[edit]

  • Portions of "Dream Weaver" were first sampled in a short film appearing in the 1990 Wayne's World episode of Saturday Night Live, in which guest star Wayne Gretzky appears, and Wayne is picturing that song playing as he imagines himself defeating Gretzky in street hockey and then winning his wife, Janet Jones.
  • "Dream Weaver" was featured over the closing credits of the sixth episode of the fourth season of the classic HBO sketch comedy series
  • Dream Weaver was also featured in the fifth season episode of Nip/Tuck, "Dawn Budge II"
  • "Dream Weaver" was featured in the Fox That '70s Show episode, "The First Time".

Use by other musical artists[edit]

"Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive" are sampled in "Wordz of Wisdom", a single from 3rd Bass's release, The Cactus Album (1989).

Dance artist Erin Hamilton covered it for her album One World (1999).

It was featured prominently in the gay love story film Trick (1999).

Crowbar recorded a doom metal version of "Dream Weaver" for their album Equilibrium (2000).

Electronic rock artist JES covered it as a single release (2015).

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breithaupt, Don; Breithaupt, Jeff (2000), Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70s, St. Martin's Press, p. 67, ISBN 978-0-312-19821-3 
  2. ^ "Explore: Soft Rock | Top Songs | AllMusic". Web.archive.org. 2011-11-12. Archived from the original on November 12, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ Gary Wright Biography – Billboard.com
  4. ^ Cash Box Top Singles – 1976
  5. ^ The Dream Weaver Inspiration – Gary Wright's homepage5
  6. ^ Craven, Wes. "DVD audio commentary". A Nightmare on Elm Street. 
  7. ^ http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=35092
  8. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 25, No. 01 April 03 1976". RPM. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Gary Wright – Dream Weaver". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Gary Wright – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Gary Wright. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "Gary Wright – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Gary Wright. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  12. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/70s_files/19760327.html
  13. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1976.htm
  14. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/70s_files/1976YESP.html
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Gary Wright – Dream Weaver". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 6, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Love to Love you Baby" by Donna Summer
RPM number one single (Canada)
April 3, 1976
Succeeded by
"December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" by The Four Seasons
Preceded by
"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"
by The Four Seasons
Cash Box Top 100 singles
March 27, 1976
Succeeded by
"Lonely Night (Angel Face)"
by Captain and Tennille