Priscilla Wright (singer)

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Priscilla Wright (born August 14, 1940 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, most famous for the song "The Man in the Raincoat", which she first released in 1955, and re-recorded in 1988. Wright's father was choir conductor and composer Don Wright,[1] and her maternal grandfather was Canadian Prime Minister Arthur Meighen.[2]

Wright had a hit in the United States at the age of 14 with the song "The Man in the Raincoat" in 1955. It sold over half a million copies in the U.S.[3] and hit No. 16 on Billboard's chart of "Most Played by Jockeys".[4] Following this she spent 14 years singing with the Ontario group Moxie Whitney, and sang with The National Press and Allied Jazz.

In 1991, she signed to Attic Records after a hiatus and released the album When You Love Somebody. In 1993 she was nominated for a Juno Award for Most Promising Artist.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1992 When You Love Somebody
1995 The Singer and the Song

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN AC CAN Country US
1955 "The Man in the Raincoat" 16 singles only
1983 "God Bless You Baby" 38
"Pure Love" 15
1985 "Heartbeat" 10
"Say You'll Stay Forever" 9
1986 "Hungry" 15
1988 "Man in a Raincoat" (re-recording) 8
1990 "We Rise Again" 10
1992 "Closer to Saying Goodbye" 20 When You Love Somebody
1993 "Woman's Intuition" 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cash Box Canadian Capers", Cash Box, April 30, 1955. p. 18. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Hawthorn, Tom. "Singer lowered her voice, and raised her profile", The Globe and Mail, March 28, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Bush, John. Biography of Priscilla Wright at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  4. ^ "The Billboard Music Popularity Charts - Popular Records", Billboard, August 6, 1955. p. 50. Retrieved April 17, 2018.