Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright

Real Name:
Benjamin Franklin Wright Jr.
Profile:
Music arranger, producer and songwriter who has worked with numerous bands and artists since the 60's.

Benjamin F. Wright began his musical career in mid-sixties in Greenville, Missisippi. He played drums and other percussive instruments in a high-school band.

After high-school his first tour was with R&B icon Ted Taylor that lead him to tour with artists like James Brown, Otis Redding, Billy Stewart and Gladys Knight And The Pips.

In 1969 Mr. Wright settled in Chicago. He began working as a copyist for notable arrangers like Charles Stepney, Gene Barge, Donny Hathaway and Richard Evans. At that time he started to work with artists like Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, Tyron Daivs, The Dells and other big names. He also produced his first album on blues artist Otis Clay.

In 1975 Benjamin Wright moved to Los Angeles and became a musical director for The Temptations, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Aretha Franklin, Barry White and The Love Unlimited Orchestra.

In 1979 He was the String Arranger on Michael Jackson's first solo album "Off The Wall". Some years later he also wrote a Grammy Award winning song "One Hundred Ways" with Kathy Wakefield and Tony Coleman for the Quincy Jones' album "The Dude".

The 90's also provided many recording projects for Benjamin Wright as one of the most sought after arrangers in the music business. He toured around the world and performed at the White House for president Bill Clinton and serving as one of the music directors for the "Rhythm and Blues Pioneer Awards".

In 2003 Benjamin Wright get together with his old friend, ex lead singer of The Temptations, Louis Price and they found a band called "The Price/Wright Orchestra".

In 2004 Justin Timberlake won 2 Grammies and Outkast 3 grammies on albums where Benjamin Arranged Strings for 2 tracks/each.

In 2005 he was honored to particiate the "Nobel Peace Price" celebration writing and conductiong "Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra" for the Pattie LaBelle segment of the programme.
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Benjamin Wright Discography

Vocals

Voices Incorporated* I Turn To Jesus and I'm So Glad (as James Wright) Voices Incorporated* - Roots: An Anthology Of Negro Music In America (Album) Columbia US 1965 Sell This Version
Otis Clay Otis Clay - The Only Way Is Up (Album) Waylo Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
Pieces Of Peace I Still Care (as Ben Wright) Pieces Of Peace - Pieces Of Peace Cali-Tex Records, Scarab Records (2) US 2007 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Voices Incorporated* I Turn To Jesus and I'm So Glad (as James Wright) Voices Incorporated* - Roots: An Anthology Of Negro Music In America (Album) Columbia US 1965 Sell This Version
T-453 The Imaginations The Imaginations - The Imaginations(LP, Album) 20th Century Records T-453 US 1974 Sell This Version
CH 50053 The Violinaires The Violinaires - You Can All Join In(LP, Album) Chess CH 50053 US 1974 Sell This Version
7544 Smoke (13) Smoke (13) - Risin'(LP, Album) J.Bridge Records 7544 US 1976 Sell This Version
Linda Evans Linda Evans - You Control Me (Album) Ariola Records America US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11074 Ren Woods Ren Woods - Everybody Get Up(7", Promo) Columbia, ARC (3) 1-11074 US 1979 Sell This Version
NBLP 7222 Edmund Sylvers Edmund Sylvers - Have You Heard(LP, Album) Casablanca NBLP 7222 US 1980 Sell This Version
Tavares Tavares - Love Uprising (Album) Capitol Records Venezuela 1980 Sell This Version
JU-4000AE Frederick Knight Frederick Knight - Knight Time(LP, Album) Juana JU-4000AE US 1981 Sell This Version
Victor Tavares Victor Tavares - Victor Tavares (Album) Polydor US 1981 Sell This Version
The Temptations You Better Beware (as Benjamin F. Wright, Jr.) The Temptations - Reunion (Album) Gordy, Motown US 1982 Sell This Version
Chuck Cissel Chuck Cissel - If I Had The Chance (Album) Arista US 1982 Sell This Version
High Inergy Journey To Love (as Benjamin F. Wright Jr.) High Inergy - So Right (Album) Gordy US 1982 Sell This Version
MCA-5265 Yates Brothers & Sisters Yates Brothers & Sisters - Electricity(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA-5265 US 1982 Sell This Version
The Temptations Hollywood (as Benjamin F. Wright, Jr.) The Temptations - Back To Basics (Album) Gordy US 1983 Sell This Version
SN-022 Aguilar* Aguilar* - Aguilar(LP, Album) Sono-Rodven SN-022 Venezuela 1983 Sell This Version
The Emotions Sincerely The Emotions - Sincerely (Album) Red Label (2) US 1984 Sell This Version
Linda Clifford Linda Clifford - Sneakin' Out (Album) Red Label (2) US 1984 Sell This Version
The Emotions If I Only Knew (What I Know Now) and 1 more… The Emotions - If I Only Knew (Album) Motown US 1985 Sell This Version
The Temptations The Temptations - Touch Me (Album) Motown Europe 1985 Sell This Version
TB 209 Century 22 Featuring George Shaw Century 22 Featuring George Shaw - Flight 2201(LP) TBA Records & Tapes TB 209 US 1985 Sell This Version
The Manhattans* The Manhattans* - Back To Basics (Album) CBS Inc. Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version