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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Land / Sorry Charlie (Single)

1. Love Land

2. Sorry Charlie

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band

1. Express Yourself

2. Do Your Thing

3. Must Be Your Thing

4. Love Land

5. Your Love (Means Everything To Me)

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Track List: Express Yourself (Remixes)

1. Express Yourself (Dave Hernandez Remix)

2. Express Yourself (Supreme Beings Of Leisure "Do It Right" Mix)

3. Express Yourself (Philip Steir's "Everybody On The Phloor" Mix)

4. Express Yourself (Mocean Worker Remix)

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Track List: In The Jungle, Babe/ Express Yourself

1. Till You Get Enough

2. I'm A Midnight Mover

3. Light My Fire

4. Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)

5. Everyday People

6. Must Be Your Thing

7. Love Land

8. Oh Happy Gabe (Sometimes Blue)

9. Twenty-Five Miles

10. The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle)

11. Road Without An End

12. I Got Love

13. High As Apple Pie-Slice I

14. Express Yourself

15. I'm Aware

16. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do

17. High As Apple Pie-Slice II

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Track List: You're So Beautiful

1. Express Yourself II

2. Let's Make Love Not War

3. Just To Settle My Nerves

4. What Can You Bring Me?

5. Your Love Means Everything To Me

6. You're So Beautiful

7. I Got Your Love

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Track List: Express Yourself: The Best Of Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

1. Express Yourself

2. Till You Get Enough

3. The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle)

4. Sweet Lorene

5. Keep Saying

6. Do Your Thing

7. Your Love (Means Everything To Me)

8. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do

9. Spreadin' Honey

10. Doin' What Comes Naturally

11. Ninety Day Cycle People

12. One Lie (Leads To Another)

13. 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul

14. I've Got Love

15. Love Land

16. Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)

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Track List: Express Yourself

1. Road Without An End

2. I Got Love

4. Express Yourself

5. I'm Aware

6. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do

7. High As Apple Pie, Slice 2

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Track List: Express Yourself (Remastered & Expanded)

1. Road Without An End (Remastered Version)

2. I Got Love (Remastered Version)

3. High As Apple Pie-Slice I (Long Version)

4. Express Yourself (Remastered Version)

5. I'm Aware (Remastered Version)

6. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do (Remastered Version)

7. High As Apple Pie-Slice II (Long Version)

8. Radio Spot (A Express Yourself)

9. Radio Spot (B Express Yourself)

10. Express Yourself (Remastered Mono Single Version)

11. Living On Borrowed Time (Remastered Mono Single Version)

12. Solution For Pollution (Remastered Version)

13. High As Apple Pie (Remastered Single Version)

14. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

15. Jam #4

16. Love Land (1970 Version)

17. Road Without An End (Alternate Version)

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Track List: In The Jungle, Babe (Remastered & Expanded)

1. Till You Get Enough

2. I'm A Midnight Mover

3. Light My Fire

4. Comment

5. Everyday People

6. Must Be Your Thing

7. Love Land

8. Oh Happy Gabe

9. Twenty-Five Miles

10. The Joker

11. Radio Spot (In The Jungle, Babe)

12. Till You Get Enough (Single Version)

13. Light My Fire (Single Version)

14. Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers Single Version)

15. Must Be Your Thing (Single Version)

16. Love Land (Single Version)

17. Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers 1970 Mono Version)

18. I'm So Tired

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Track List: Together

1. Sorry Charlie

2. Something You Got

3. 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

6. A Dance, A Kiss And A Song

7. Phuncky Bill

8. Get Ready

9. Stormy Monday

10. Giggin' Down

11. My Summer's Gone

12. Knock On Wood

13. I Wake Up Cryin'

14. Do Your Thing

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Track List: Together (Remastered & Expanded)

1. Sorry Charlie

2. Something You Got

3. 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

6. A Dance, A Kiss And A Song

7. Phuncky Bill

8. Get Ready

9. Stormy Monday

10. Giggin' Down

11. My Summer's Gone

12. Knock On Wood

13. I Wake Up Cryin'

14. Do Your Thing

15. Bottomless

16. 65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul

17. Do Your Thing

18. A Dance, A Kiss And A Song

19. Poverty Stricken Chicken

20. Happy Feet

21. Do Your Thing (Long Version)

22. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

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Track List: Hot Heat And Sweet Groove

1. Caesar's Palace

2. Yellow Submarine

3. Brown Sugar

4. Soul Concerto

5. Fried Okra

6. Spreadin' Honey

7. A Little Class & A Little Trash

9. The Girl From Ipanema

10. Bring It On Home To Me

11. Whole Hog, Or None At All

12. Watts Happening

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dragonlady60 8 8
I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG
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Ok. Los Angeles is at it again. Chuck and those cats from Watts. "Express Yourself "!.".!"
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Charles Wright was Easy E's real uncle and used the song for a music sample
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As long ad one.Lives,br e a t h e s , f u n c t i o n s - a s - n o r m a l . H u m a n expression is warranted... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now that u have started reading, don't stop. But if u read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When ur done press the space bar on ur screen and ur crushes name will appear in big bold letters. This is so freaky it actually works
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Good love it
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From Mississippi to Los Angeles - Watts, bass line is really good. And we should all "EXPRESS YOURSELF"!
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Wow! These guys came out of Los Angeles - Watts. Did they ever visit 9113 S. Central. Los Angeles? Nice song and bass line is great.
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prmoore777
My Dad loved this song...miss you Joe.
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malinda.flow e r s
I imagine if Bob Dylan sang soul, he may have gotten close to this mans awesome voice. LOL
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kpwrnbsn
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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db_rollin64
Charles Wright & The Watts 10....I ♥ their song LoveLand! I've been liking that song since I was about 6 years old!!
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Get on up and do the " Funky Four Corners " hey !!!! Express Yourself !!!!!!!
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sapphire9115 7 5
YEaaaaaaaaaa a
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Charles Lives over by Leimert Park. Off. Of Vernon. When I Was Doing. Contstructio n . I Did Some Work on his Apartment.
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I used to love to sing, Express Yourself in school back then!
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I MISS Y'ALL!!! WER U AT, CHARLES??? WE WANT U BACK!!!!!
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Remember ALWAYS hearing this song as a kid..while I was doing something else and mouthing the words
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Express Yourself.... . is always going to be the jam, but Loveland is my FAVE (since childhood) by Charles Watts & 103rd St Band!!!
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lovvve the lyrics to I got love... awesome band one of my new favs for sure, very positive!!!
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if this doesn't make you move, you may not be alive!
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damn straight :)
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So this is way Easy E was weaned on. Now I know.
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YEAH let it do what it do
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Flat Funky
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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!
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This takes me back to Sweet Home Compton, CA in the 60's
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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!
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wow , that's really an ole skool hit
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jayahrah50
Can you say wide lapels, Afros and Nic Nic shirts
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jdunso1
You can't stay still !!
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marymac1207
MER.C THIS WAS MY SONG BACK IN THE DAY
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jeanjacque3
heh, dig the white cat on sax! great group.
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Gets the hips movin baby!! Listen to that bass!! A Pioneer!!
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gotta love that bass - uh, oh yeah - the rest of it is good too, lol
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Charles' Bio should include homage to his mentor, Dyke "Christian" and the Blazers
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slf2100
Tower of Power does a cover of this song in concert. Very Funky
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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.
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sjrobinson13 0
The bomb! I loved this song back in the day! the joint!
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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$?....
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WOW DO I REMEMBER WHEN...DIDN' T KNOW MEMBERES BECAME PART OF MY FIRST LOVE EARTH WINFD AND FIRE
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tamarasmith5 4
I love good funk in the morning!
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kevplummer
MMM....i DIG THE BASS LINE....LIKE SWEET POTATO PIE...

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