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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band

Band, *1962
R&B/Soul
A.k.a. The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band

Funk band, formed in the mid-1960's in Los Angeles, California. Succesful 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. 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.

        
Members
PortraitCharles Wright
g, voc *1940 US
PortraitRay Jackson
tb, cng
PortraitBenorce Blackmon
g US
PortraitJames Gadson
dr *1939 US
PortraitMelvin Dunlap
b
PortraitAl McKay
g, perc *1948 US
PortraitGabe Flemings
tr
PortraitJohn Rayford
ts, sax, voc
Melvin Jernigan
sax US
PortraitBill Cannon
ts, sax

Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Preacher Man / Express Yourself (Holtoug Edits)Dusty Springfield / Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band2011Single
Original Album SeriesCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band2010Album
Puckey Puckey: Jams & Outtakes 1970-1971Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band2008Compil.
Live At The Haunted House : May 18, 1968Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band2008Album
Express YourselfCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band2005Album
In The Jungle, Babe / Express YourselfCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1997Compil.
Going To The PartyCharles Wright Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1997Album
Express Yourself: The Best Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1993Compil.
The Joker (On A Trip Thru The Jungle) · Brown SugarCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1974Single
You're So BeautifulCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1971Album
I've Got Love / Let's Make Love - Not WarCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1971Single
What Can You Bring Me / Your Love (Means Everything To Me)Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1971Single
Wine / Nobody (Tellin' Me 'Bout My Baby)Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1971Single
Till You Get Enough / Do Your ThingCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
Express YourselfCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Album
Express Yourself / Living On Borrowed TimeCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
Express Yourself / Love LandCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
High As Apple Pie / Solution For PollutionCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
Radio Spot For Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band Express YourselfCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
High As Apple Pie / Solution For PollutionCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
Love LandCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1970Single
In The Jungle, BabeCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1969Album
Till You Get Enough / Light My FireCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1969Single
Must Be Your Thing / CommentCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1969Single
Do Your ThingCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1969Single
TogetherCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1968Album
Bottomless / Giggin' Down 103rdCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1968Single
BottomlessCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1968Single
Hot Heat And Sweet GrooveCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1967Album
Spreadin' Honey / CharleyCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band1967Single
Brown SugarCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandSingle
Where Lovers Go/ Love LandCharles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandSingle
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