The biggest hit for Charles Wright, but what a hit – frequently sampled in recent years, but why not go to the source…
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, “Express Yourself” – originally from the album of the same name (1970); here from Express Yourself: The Best of…
This song and Wright’s other big hit, “Do Your Thing” (1969), both date from the fourth incarnation of Wright’s band. In its first version, one of the band members was Daryl Dragon, better know to people in their mid forties to early fifties as the silent male half of “The Captain & Tennille.” The band was later reformed as a backing band for the comedian Bill Cosby, and it was this connection that landed them a record contract and their first album. But Wright didn’t really hit his stride until a couple year later, and after he’d left the Cosby connection behind.
A couple of bonuses: The Captain & Tennille’s big hit, “Love Will Keep Us Together” – and a song by Bill Cosby from the album that had backing by a version of Wright’s band, “Little Ole Man” (with a big debt to Stevie Wonder).
- Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Express Yourself: The Best of Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Amazon.com
- The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Amazon.com – album from the Cosby period
- Silver Throat-Bill Cosby Sings – Amazon.com – Cosby album with musical backing by one incarnation of the Watts 103rd Street band
- A small selection of whatever fills my head!: Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself (1970).
- RECORD FIEND: Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – In the Jungle, Babe and Express Yourself (Warner Brothers, 1969 & 1970; 1997)