Winston Wright

Winston Wright was a Jamaican keyboardist. He was a member of Tommy McCook's Supersonics, and acknowledged as Jamaica's master of the Hammond. Winston was born in May Pen, Jamaica in 1944 and died in Kingston, Jamaica in 1993. 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. Tommy McCook saw Winston play at this time and he was invited to join the Supersonics, Treasure Isle house band...and as they say, the rest is history.

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

Discography

  • Reggae (Atlantic, 1973)
  • Surprises (Atlantic, 1973 [1976])
  • Reggae II (Atlantic, 1973 [1976])

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Additional Artist Biography

b. 1944, d. 1993. Wright's name is largely unknown outside of the committed reggae fraternity, but the sound of his organ-playing is familiar to anyone who has ever had more than a passing acquaintance with the music. Winston emerged on the Kingston music scene in the mid-60s and began playing sessions in the rocksteady era, initially for Duke Reid, but as his work became better known, he was in constant demand from many other top producers. His mastery of, and feel for, the Hammond organ earned him an integral role in Tommy McCook's Supersonics - Duke Reid's house band. He later hit the UK charts in 1969 as one of Harry J.'s All Stars with 'Liquidator', and also made some of his finest recordings that same year with Clancy Eccles' Dynamites. Throughout the 70s he worked as part of the Dynamic Sounds nucleus of musicians, and from 1975 onwards was a member of Toots And The Maytals' touring band. He still continued his session work for Kingston's producers when he was at home 'resting', and his contributions to many classic 70s recordings were as uncredited and anonymous as his 60s output. More recently, he returned to Dynamic Sounds where he acted as arranger, mixer and keyboard player. His tragic and untimely death in 1993 robbed the reggae world of one of its greatest unsung talents.

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