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 Tracks

Vocals

Benjamin Wright - Roots: An Anthology Of Negro Music In America album art 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
Benjamin Wright - The Only Way Is Up album art Otis Clay Otis Clay - The Only Way Is Up (Album) Blues R&B Recording US 1985 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Pieces Of Peace album art 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

Benjamin Wright - Roots: An Anthology Of Negro Music In America album art 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
CH 50053 Benjamin Wright - You Can All Join In album art The Violinaires The Violinaires - You Can All Join In(LP, Album) Chess CH 50053 US 1974 Sell This Version
T-453 Benjamin Wright - The Imaginations album art The Imaginations The Imaginations - The Imaginations(LP, Album) 20th Century Records T-453 US 1974 Sell This Version
7544 Benjamin Wright - Risin' album art Smoke (13) Smoke (13) - Risin'(LP, Album) J.Bridge Records 7544 US 1976 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - You Control Me album art Linda Evans Linda Evans - You Control Me (Album) Ariola Records America US 1979 Sell This Version
1-11074 Benjamin Wright - Everybody Get Up album art Ren Woods Ren Woods - Everybody Get Up(7", Promo) Columbia, ARC (3) 1-11074 US 1979 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Boogie Wonderland album art Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland (Single) Columbia, ARC (3) Canada 1979 Sell This Version
NBLP 7222 Benjamin Wright - Have You Heard album art Edmund Sylvers Edmund Sylvers - Have You Heard(LP, Album) Casablanca NBLP 7222 US 1980 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Love Uprising album art Tavares Tavares - Love Uprising (Album) Capitol Records Venezuela 1980 Sell This Version
JU-4000AE Benjamin Wright - Knight Time album art Frederick Knight Frederick Knight - Knight Time(LP, Album) Juana JU-4000AE US 1981 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Victor Tavares album art Victor Tavares Victor Tavares - Victor Tavares (Album) Polydor US 1981 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Reunion album art The Temptations You Better Beware (as Benjamin F. Wright, Jr.) The Temptations - Reunion (Album) Gordy, Motown US 1982 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - If I Had The Chance album art Chuck Cissel Chuck Cissel - If I Had The Chance (Album) Arista US 1982 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - So Right album art High Inergy Journey To Love (as Benjamin F. Wright Jr.) High Inergy - So Right (Album) Gordy US 1982 Sell This Version
MCA-5265 Benjamin Wright - Electricity album art Yates Brothers & Sisters Yates Brothers & Sisters - Electricity(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA-5265 US 1982 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Back To Basics album art The Temptations Hollywood (as Benjamin F. Wright, Jr.) The Temptations - Back To Basics (Album) Gordy US 1983 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Visions album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* Heaven Sent (as Ben Wright) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - Visions (Album) Columbia US 1983 Sell This Version
SN-022 Benjamin Wright - Aguilar album art Aguilar* Aguilar* - Aguilar(LP, Album) Sono-Rodven SN-022 Venezuela 1983 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Sincerely album art The Emotions Sincerely The Emotions - Sincerely (Album) Red Label (2) US 1984 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - Sneakin' Out album art Linda Clifford Linda Clifford - Sneakin' Out (Album) Red Label (2) US 1984 Sell This Version
TB 709 Benjamin Wright - Let's Go Out Tonight  album art Century 22 Featuring George Shaw Century 22 Featuring George Shaw - Let's Go Out Tonight (7", Promo) TBA Records & Tapes TB 709 US 1985 Sell This Version
Benjamin Wright - If I Only Knew album art 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