Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band

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Funk band, formed in the mid-1960's in Los Angeles, California. Successful both as a backing group to others (most prominent of them being Bill Cosby) as well as a group in their own right, best known for their 1970-hit Express Yourself.
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The original line-up comprised of bandleader Charles Wright (vocals, guitar, piano), Al McKay (guitar), Gabe Flemings (piano, trumpet), Melvin Dunlap (bass), James Gadson (drums), John Rayford and Bill Cannon (both sax), and Ray Jackson (trombone). McKay left in 1969 to join Earth, Wind & Fire and was replaced by Benorce Blackmon.

Initially, the band was known as The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, from 1969 on they recorded as Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.

The group was disbanded when Dunlap, Gadson, Jackson and Blackmon went on to work with Bill Withers in 1972. Charles Wright then embarked on a solo career.
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Albums

WS 1741, 1 WBLP 17002, W 1741 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Hot Heat And Sweet Groove album art Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The* Hot Heat And Sweet Groove (Album) Warner Bros. Records WS 1741, 1 WBLP 17002, W 1741 Lebanon 1967 Sell This Version
WBS 1761 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Together album art The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Together (Album) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records WBS 1761 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
WS 1801 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - In The Jungle, Babe album art The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* In The Jungle, Babe (Album) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records WS 1801 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
WS 1864, 1864 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Express Yourself album art Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Express Yourself (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WS 1864, 1864 US 1970 Sell This Version
WS 1904 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - You're So Beautiful album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band* You're So Beautiful (Album) Warner Bros. Records WS 1904 US 1971 Sell This Version
2001-4LP, 2001-4LP M$M Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Going To The Party album art Charles Wright Of Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, The* Charles Wright Of Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, The* - Going To The Party (Album) A Million Dollars Worth Of Memories Records, A Million Dollars Worth Of Memories Records 2001-4LP, 2001-4LP M$M US 1997 Sell This Version
RHM2 7771 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Live At The Haunted House : May 18, 1968 album art Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band Live At The Haunted House : May 18, 1968(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num) Rhino Handmade RHM2 7771 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

K-108 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Spreadin' Honey / Charley album art The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band* Spreadin' Honey / Charley (Single) Keymen Records, Keymen Records K-108 US 1967 Sell This Version
7222 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Bottomless / Giggin' Down 103rd album art The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band* Bottomless / Giggin' Down 103rd(7", Single, MP, Styrene) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7222 US 1968 Sell This Version
7175 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Brown Sugar / Caesar's Palace album art Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The* Brown Sugar / Caesar's Palace (Single) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7175 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
7250 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Do Your Thing album art The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Do Your Thing (Single) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7250 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
7298 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Till You Get Enough / Light My Fire album art Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The* Till You Get Enough / Light My Fire (Single) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7298 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
7338 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Must Be Your Thing / Comment album art Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band Must Be Your Thing / Comment (Single) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7338 US 1969 Sell This Version
7451 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - High As Apple Pie / Solution For Pollution  album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* High As Apple Pie / Solution For Pollution (Single) Warner Bros. Records 7451 US 1970 Sell This Version
7365 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Love Land album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Love Land (Single) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7365 US 1969 Sell This Version
WB 7417 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Express Yourself album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Express Yourself (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7417 UK 1970 Sell This Version
7136 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Express Yourself / Love Land album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Express Yourself / Love Land Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records 7136 US 1970 Sell This Version
7131 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Till You Get Enough / Do Your Thing album art The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Till You Get Enough / Do Your Thing(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records 7131 US 1970 Sell This Version
N18167 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Express Yourself - Express Youself album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Express Yourself - Express Youself(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records N18167 US 1970 Sell This Version
PRO 427 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Radio Spot For Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band Express Yourself album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* Radio Spot For Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band Express Yourself(7", Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO 427 US 1970 Sell This Version
WB 7577 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - I've Got Love / Let's Make Love - Not War album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band* I've Got Love / Let's Make Love - Not War (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7577 US 1971 Sell This Version
4.002 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - What Can You Bring Me / Your Love (Means Everything To Me) album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band* What Can You Bring Me / Your Love (Means Everything To Me) (Single) Warner Bros. Records 4.002 Panama 1971 Sell This Version
WB 7504 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Wine / Nobody (Tellin' Me 'Bout My Baby) album art Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band* Wine / Nobody (Tellin' Me 'Bout My Baby) (Single) Warner Bros. Records WB 7504 US 1971 Sell This Version
K 16435 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle) · Brown Sugar album art The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band* The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle) · Brown Sugar (Single) Warner Bros. Records K 16435 UK 1974 Sell This Version
WB-2503 Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin' / Express Yourself album art Charles Wright, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band Charles Wright, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin' / Express Yourself(7") Warner Bros. Records WB-2503 US 2004 Sell This Version

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November 3, 2019
Charles Wright!! One of my earlier discoveries when I got into soul & funk music through hip hop samples in a time before youtube, discogs & popsike :)
I remember when I first heard the sample from A Mothers Love on Krs One return of the boom bap Album. I was desperately searching for a copy of the doing what comes naturally lp and this really was not easy in Germany back than. I was so happy when I got one, the artwork also fitted the vibe so good!! Afterwards I was looking for all his other stuff I could get, and back than the lps were hard to get, esp. overseas (all praises to eBay.com and sending cash in an envelope :D ) I got the express yourself with its immediately hooking classic title track, in the jungle babe, you're so beautiful (still love what can you bring me!!). Most of his stuff is pure gold and connected to so much good memories :)

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