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Thread started 05/20/22 7:16pm

SoulAlive

R.I.P Bernard Wright

Funk, Jazz & Soul Mus...Died At 58

Legendary funk and jazz musician Bernard Wright, whose music has been sampled by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and more, has died at 58.

Bernard Wright, the legendary funk, soul and jazz musician behind classic 1981 album ‘Nard has died. Classics from Wright’s catalog were heavily sampled in ’90s rap music, including “Gz and Hustlas” from 1993 debut Snoop Dogg Doggystyle and LL Cool J’s 1996 “Loungin'” remix featuring Total.

Born in Jamaica, Queens on November 16th, 1963, Wright was a child prodigy for acts like Tom Browne and Lenny White. At 17, Wright embarked into a solo career and signed to GRP Records, releasing his debut album ‘Nard in 1981. The album was acclaimed for its hits “Haboglabotribin'” and “Just Chillin’ Out.” Wright continued his streak with R&B-oriented albums Funky Beat and Mr. Wright before joining Queens-based funk group the Jamaica Boys in the late-eighties.

Throughout the 1990s, songs from ‘Nard were sampled by 2Pac, Ice Cube, and Skee-Lo. Wright last released two more R&B albums Fresh Hymns and Fresh Hymns II in the ’90s, eventually moving to Texas and becoming a jazz and R&B session musician for Miles Davis, Marcus Miller and Cameo.

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Reply #1 posted 05/20/22 7:17pm

SoulAlive

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Reply #2 posted 05/20/22 7:22pm

SoulAlive

80s R&B flashback: "Who Do You Love" by Bernard Wright (1985)

BERNARD WRIGHT - WHO DO Y... - YouTube

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Reply #3 posted 05/20/22 10:41pm

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SoulAlive said:

80s R&B flashback: "Who Do You Love" by Bernard Wright (1985)



BERNARD WRIGHT - WHO DO Y... - YouTube



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Oh snap I remember that video all time when I was a kid. Good song and good career. RIHP Mr. Wright.
Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #4 posted 05/22/22 11:33am

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I love his 'Nard album, but haven't dug any deeper (yet). May Bernard rest in peace, thank you for the music...

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #5 posted 05/22/22 4:12pm

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Bernardwhom once wrote me an inspiring letter) was a great inspiration to me. It is REALLY saddening me the massive departure of OUR great entertainers lately.

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"That mountain top situation is not really what it's all cracked up 2 B when eye was doing the Purple Rain tour eye had a lot of people who eye knew eye'll never c again @ the concerts.just screamin n places they thought they was suppose 2 scream."prince
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Reply #6 posted 05/23/22 3:52pm

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Back in the day EVERY brother had that 'Nard album! It was mandatory:-D! RIP Brother!

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Reply #7 posted 05/23/22 11:22pm

SoulAlive

I have a vinyl copy of his 1985 album Mr.Wright.The track " After You" has always been a favorite of mine.

Bernard Wright After You 1986 - YouTube

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Reply #8 posted 05/24/22 8:08am

JazzyJ

Rest peacefully 'Nard. cry

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Reply #9 posted 05/26/22 1:02am

SoulAlive

a very talented guy

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Reply #10 posted 05/29/22 11:35am

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Two of my Favorite Bernard Wright compositions are two jazzy ballads - "Wont You Let Me Love You"

from Funkybeat and "A Little Song for You" from Bobby M's album Blow....

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https://www.youtube.com/w...AOyFR9lMo4

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https://www.youtube.com/w...8A7tJ0Qkiw

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Rest in peace, Mr Wright....

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With his first solo album "Nard"dropping when he was 18, Bernard was the "kitten" of the Jamica, Queens NYC Kats, which Included Marcus Miller, Don Blackman, Lenny White, Tom Browne, Bobby Broom, Eddie Martinez, and Barry "Sonjohn" Johnson and Ronny Drayton....

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #11 posted 06/01/22 2:40pm

rockford

Damn. I used to jam with him in Dallas. He was amazing. RIP

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