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Bernard Wright, a vocalist known for his work in funk, as well as rhythm and blues, passed away May 19 at the age of 58. In a message that was posted on Facebook, fellow musician William S. Patterson provided the confirmation of the devastating news. He was hit by a vehicle when he was crossing the street in Dallas, which was his home city.
In the borough of Queens, NY, Jamaica is where Wright was born. Before its re-release in 2001, Wright released his first album under the “Nard” alias in 1981. This album was later re-issued in 2001. After that, he went on to create two more albums. The first was titled Funky Beat and the second was titled, Mr. Wright. The latest album contained his successful track “Who Do You Love” (which later became the title sequence of Video Music Box).
His work has been sampled extensively by artists including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and LL Cool J, who hails from Wright’s same neighborhood in Queens. Throughout the course of his career, Wright has contributed to albums by a number of other artists, including Doug E. Fresh, Cameo, Bobby Brown, and Miles Davis. In addition to this, Roberta Flack, an R&B and soul superstar, is Wright’s godmother.
Regarding the passing of Bernard Wright, Flack has written a message that can be seen on her official Twitter profile. The performer, who was awarded a Grammy, wrote:
“Last night, my godson and former musical director, Bernard Wright, passed away suddenly. I loved Bernard very much and believed deeply in his talent. His loss is heartbreaking.”
BlackThen.com’s staff extends condolences to Wright’s family and friends.