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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.

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* 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

    do!

    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
  • DASBRUCE

    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
  • incetardis

    EXPRESS YOURSELF!

    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

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