Winston Wright

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Winston Wright
Birth nameWinston Wright
Born1944
Died1993
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsKeyboards, vocals

Winston Wright (1944 – 1993) was a Jamaican keyboardist. He was a member of Tommy McCook's Supersonics, and acknowledged as Jamaica's master of the Hammond organ.[1] Winston was born in May Pen, Jamaica in 1944 and died in Kingston, Jamaica in 1993.[2][3] He attended Glenmuir High School where he learned the organ on an old Clavonette Organ. While he was in school, he played with a local group called the Mercury Band based at the Capri Theatre in May Pen, much to his father ire.[4] Tommy McCook saw Winston play at this time and he was invited to join the Supersonics, Treasure Isle house band.

Perhaps Wright's best known work is as the uncredited lead organist on Harry J Allstars' 1969 instrumental hit "The Liquidator". Harry J Allstars was the name given to the flexible roster of musicians that amounted to the house band at Harry J studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wright produced a solo single: "Top Secret", with the B-side "Crazy Rhythm" in 1970.[5]

Discography[edit]

With Herbie Mann

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley, Lloyd (2000). Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King. p. 226. Harry J, who was there at the beginning with the Beltones, stuck with it to build a sound around the keyboard skills of Winston Wright and Winston Blake (aka Blake Boy) for a string of bubbling instrumentals by Harry J All-Stars or the Jay Boys ..."
  2. ^ David Vlado Moskowitz (2006). Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 320–321. ISBN 978-0-313-33158-9.
  3. ^ Black Echoes - Memoriam
  4. ^ Daniel Tannehill Neely (2007). "Mento, Jamaica's Original Music": Development, Tourism and the Nationalist Frame. ProQuest. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-549-58264-9.
  5. ^ Black Music & Jazz Review 1980 - Volume 3 "Winston Wright was the Dynamites' organist, and he also features on recordings by the G.G. All Stars ("African Melody", "Ganga Plane", "Flight 404" and the Folks Bros-inspired "Man From Carolina" are all adequate examples), the Harry J. All ..."