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Charles Wright

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
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Track List: That Funky Thang

1. #1

2. That Funky Thang

3. Un-Seen Dirt

4. Let's Make Love Tonight

5. Waste Material

6. Let Me Make Love 2 U

7. Rock This Joint

8. Going To The Party

9. This Is Your Night

10. No Time For Hating

11. Use It

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Track List: Music For The Times We Live In

1. Make Love To You

2. Let's Make Love, Not War

3. Un-Seen Dirt

4. Express Yourself

5. You Babe

6. Storybook

7. The Day The Lord Has Made

8. Happy Song

9. If All Men Are Truly Brothers

10. I'll Give You Time

11. The Guilty Party

12. Peace Be Still

13. A Real Difference

14. Loving You Is Oh! So Easy

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Track List: Finally Got It... Wright

1. Express Yourself

2. Un-Seen Dirt

3. Is It Real

4. No Greater Love

6. You Babe

7. So Hot

8. I'll Give You Time

9. Follow Your Spirit

10. Let Me Make Love 2 U

13. This Is Your Night

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Track List: Rhythm & Poetry (Remastered & Expanded)

7. Soul Train (Remastered Single Version)

8. Run Jody Run (Remastered Single Version)

10. Here Comes The Sun (Remastered Single Version)

11. Good Things (22 Minute Version)

12. Stand For Something Or Fall For Anything

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