Wright . . . the Apple Doesn’t Fall
Far From the Tree
article from Coachella Weekly
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There is so much information that I find interesting about Michael Wright, that I could almost write a sequel to this column but here goes with the Reader’s Digest version. I have known Michael personally for over 20 years and never knew his father was the Lead Singer in a doo whop group.
The Los Angeles based quartet was called "J.D. Wright & The Metallics".
If you are under 50 years old (thank goodness I qualify) chances are you haven’t heard of the group since they had 4 hits back in the early 60’s.
Other famous artists in Michael’s family tree include
his first cousin Al Wilson, who was an American Soul
singer best known for the million-selling number one
hit, (Show & Tell.) “Al Wilson was always at our
house while we were growing up,” remembers Michael. The
last time Michael saw his famous cousin was March of
1998 when Al sang at his father’s funeral.
Radio opened up doors for Michael who was able to
launch a promoting business and begin booking radio
artists onto the Palm Springs Pavilion to sellout
crowds. Working in the radio and records business,
Michael was inspired to open his own record store in
Indio appropriately called, Traffic Jam Records and
Tapes. Michael would eventually leave KPSI and got to
work for its competitor KKUU 92.7 in Palm Springs where
he would put his skills to work as the events
Al Wilson on Soul Train
"Show & Tell"
|During his radio and promoting days,
Michael still found time to work a few mobile DJ gigs and
would occasionally find himself behind the turntables at
night clubs such as Costa’s inside the Marriot Desert
Springs Hotel and Red 74 (which is no longer around.)
Doing mobile DJ gigs was a lot of hard work before digital
music came along. There were the 12 crates of records in
addition to lifting heavy amplifiers and DJ coffins.
Michael confesses to embracing the new digital technology,
“Thank God that this software came out, because I was
going to retire from DJing in 2007, but Serato came out
and I was reborn.”
Michael’s plans for the future are to keep the music going or as he put it “rock it until the wheels fall off!”
Written By: Craig Michaels
These Crates of Vinyl
were HEAVY !
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