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Funk for Friday: Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Express Yourself

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).

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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