Wright began singing in church and later fronted a gospel music group, the Harmony Echoes. It was during this time that he was discovered (along with James Carr) by Roosevelt Jamison a songwriter and manager. Their first recording in 1964 was "That's How Strong My Love Is", an impassioned ballad later covered by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. After being signed by Don Robeys Back Beat label, further R&B hits followed, with Wright's plaintive delivery excelling on the slow material. Working with producer Willie Mitchell, success continued on songs including "The Ace of Spades" and "A Nickel and a Nail".
However, Wright was imprisoned for narcotics offences during the mid-1970s, and, despite signing for Hi Records and releasing a series of quality recordings, his commercial success failed to recover after his release. A continuing drug problem weakened his health and he died from a heart attack aged 41
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