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New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright hospitalized after strokeo

Singer Marva Wright Singer Marva Wright is being treated at a local hospital following her second stroke in a month.

Wright, 61, was first hospitalized in mid-May after suffering what her manager, Adam Shipley, described as a "minor" stroke. Wright recovered sufficiently to start performing once again. However, she returned to the hospital after another, more traumatic stroke on June 6.

"While she still does not have complete movement on her right side, her speech is coming back and she is doing better each day," Shipley said. "She will be transferred to the rehabilitation wing of Touro hospital soon and, if all goes according to plan, she will make a full recovery."

Wright's band, the BMWs, performed as scheduled at a June 7 benefit concert at the Howlin' Wolf for the American Diabetes Association; singer Gina Brown filled in for Wright.

The BMWs also are maintaining a weekly schedule at the CoCo Club on Bourbon Street. However, Wright has canceled a June 19 show at Tipitina's. Other cancellations are expected.

Get well wishes can be emailed to Wright at marv5124@aol.com.

Above item courtesy of: Keith Spera, Music writer, The Times-Picayune June 09, 2009 10:23AM

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