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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band


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Charles Wright (born in 1940 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band is a pioneering funk band. Active since the 1960s and most popular during the 1970s, the band had a number of Top 20 R&B hits, such as “Do Your Thing” (#11 Pop, #12 R&B), “Till You Get Enough” (#12 R&B, #67 Pop), and “Love Land” (R&B #23, Pop #16), but are best known for their biggest hit, 1970’s “Express Yourself” (#3 R&B, #12 Pop), released on Warner Bros. Records and was later sampled in the N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton album in 1988.

Band members
* Charles Wright - Guitars, Piano
* Al McKay - Guitar
* Benorce Blackmon - Guitar (replaced Al McKay)
* Gabe Flemings - Piano, Trumpet
* Melvin Dunlap - Bass
* James Gadson - Drums
* Big John Rayford - Saxophone
* Bill Cannon - Saxophone
* Ray Jackson - Trombone


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  • MonoPeligroso

    Just another one of those bands criminally underrated because of their hit song

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Cassavapiece

    My favourite b-side is a dance, a kiss and a song. I've listened to it hundreds of times<2>

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Dr. Dre send me here.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • SaintGerasim

    Express Yourself !!!!

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • eSpinoza88


    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Akayz7

    mmmmm good soul :]

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • A1enochka

    офигенские :) !!

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • deathorglory-

    why so few listeners!?

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • SashaPrestig

    Express Yourself (Mocean Worker Remix) отличная

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • awffle

    lolololololol @ the doors cover

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bigmanG

    Do your thing indeed

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • elamis

    my favorite b-side is a dance, a kiss and a song. i've listened to it hundreds of times.

    16 May 2009 Reply

    This band had all the attitude and style of Brotherly love in the 70's.. sound, slang, everything. early funky 70's. this is it!

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • brokenimports

    Do your thing!

    17 Mar 2008 Reply
  • jkblackrose

    wanted to listen to them after Express Yourself from movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith... they're good, however not my style... I'll just leave myself with 2 songs, the second one being Your Love (Means Everything To Me)

    16 Feb 2008 Reply
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    3 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Airwalker1990

    I love the cover from Express Yourself from N.W.A. Its one of best HipHopSongs ever but the original funk song is also amazing.

    16 Apr 2007 Reply
  • LcdCyn

    Is that Al McKay from Earth, Wind and Fire in this band?

    5 Dec 2006 Reply