BILL WRIGHT

Bill Wright, 44, a Cabaret singer and instrumentalist, died Aug. 15 at his family home in Houston, Tex., from complications of AIDS.

After attending Houston Baptist University, Wright began his performing career singing at clubs in and around Houston, and later toured to cities including Los Angeles, London, and Honolulu.

He relocated to Hollywood in the late 1970s to pursue a career in cabaret acting and recording, appearing in “Funny Girl” with Lanie Kazan and “South Pacific” with Georgio Tozzi.

In 1990, he moved to New York, where he performed in cabaret clubs and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Algonquin and Eighty Eights.

Wright’s CD recordings include “Wright on Gershwin” and “It Takes Two,” which won the BISTRO Award for best album of 1994. His final CD recording, “Always Love,” was released in May.

He is survived by his son, Barclay Wright of England, his mother, Dorothy Wright of Houston, a brother and a sister.

Donations may be made to The Actors’ Fund, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036.

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