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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Charles Wright headed one of the great funk groups of the late '60s and early '70s, the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Wright, who was born in Clarksdale, MS, was a singer, pianist, guitarist, and leader of the eight-member band, which had been recruited from Watts in Los Angeles. They were originally known as the Soul Runners. Bill Cosby helped get the band off the ground by giving them appearances at his gigs. They began recording for Keyman in 1967, then moved to Warner Bros. in 1969. While "Do Your Thing" and "Till You Get Enough" were Top 20 R&B hits, their finest selection was "Express Yourself," a song that expressed the urge for freedom as adroitly as the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" had in the '60s. It has also been among the most sampled funk tracks for hip-hop and rap groups. "Your Love (Means Everything to Me)" was their final R&B hit in 1971, peaking at number nine R&B and number 12 pop. The group's best ballad, "Love Land," did better among pop fans than R&B ones, many of whom saw it as a bit soft. They continued recording for Dunhill in 1973 before disbanding. Drummer James Gadson and guitarist Al McKay, who later joined Earth, Wind & Fire, were among the instrumental corps of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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I used to love to sing, Express Yourself in school back then!
"High as Apple Pie (slice 2)" is just as tasty as slice 1!!! I've STILL got all my well~worn Watts Band albums, but nothin 2 play em on.........s i g h . . . . . .
Oooooooohmyf r e a k i n G O O D N E S S , HOW I LOVE ME SOME CHARLES WRIGHT & the WATTS 103rd St. RHYTHM BAND!!!!!!!! ! :-D I wish I could tell them all what their music has done 4 ME!!!!! God bless em 4EVER!!!!! :-D :-* :-D :-) =-O
I MISS Y'ALL!!! WER U AT, CHARLES??? WE WANT U BACK!!!!!
Remember ALWAYS hearing this song as a kid..while I was doing something else and mouthing the words
Express Yourself.... . is always going to be the jam, but Loveland is my FAVE (since childhood) by Charles Watts & 103rd St Band!!!
lovvve the lyrics to I got love... awesome band one of my new favs for sure, very positive!!!
if this doesn't make you move, you may not be alive!
damn straight :)
So this is way Easy E was weaned on. Now I know.
YEAH let it do what it do
Flat Funky
deniseannr
I had the privilege of meeting Joe Banks, who played trumpet with this group. He reminds me of Miles Davis, but one thing Joe Banks does that is so crazy funky, is that he plays trumpet and flugle horn simultaneous l y ! No foolin! Same two lips playing two different things. Check him out at Uncle Darrows in Marina del Rey. Amazing musician!
This takes me back to Sweet Home Compton, CA in the 60's
Loving this groove! This is the jam right here! And great to know the history of this music that makes us move... Happy Black History Month y'all!
wow , that's really an ole skool hit
jayahrah50
Can you say wide lapels, Afros and Nic Nic shirts
jdunso1
You can't stay still !!
marymac1207
MER.C THIS WAS MY SONG BACK IN THE DAY
jeanjacque3
heh, dig the white cat on sax! great group.
Gets the hips movin baby!! Listen to that bass!! A Pioneer!!
gotta love that bass - uh, oh yeah - the rest of it is good too, lol
Charles' Bio should include homage to his mentor, Dyke "Christian" and the Blazers
slf2100
Tower of Power does a cover of this song in concert. Very Funky
Growing up in cali,/LA we would go to the park and watch them perform. one of my fav was Wine I drink thee. Hard to find that song.
sjrobinson13 0
The bomb! I loved this song back in the day! the joint!
ronnie_bethe a 2 0 0 1
Love Land was the most popular hit in the inter cities from east coast to the west coast, but we never here it anymore. What's the deal? Is it that they want to make money off of this "great" song$?....
WOW DO I REMEMBER WHEN...DIDN' T KNOW MEMBERES BECAME PART OF MY FIRST LOVE EARTH WINFD AND FIRE
tamarasmith5 4
I love good funk in the morning!
kevplummer
MMM....i DIG THE BASS LINE....LIKE SWEET POTATO PIE...

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