Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": rhythm and blues northern soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Originally conceived as an instrumental group, Bernard Blackman (guitar), Raymond Jackson (trombone), John Rayford (1943; tenor saxophone), Melvin Dunlap (bass) and James Gadson (drums), were still known by their former name, the Soul Runners, when a 1967 release, ‘Grits ’N Corn Bread’, reached the US R&B Top 40. Having changed their name in deference to the Watts district of Los Angeles, they enjoyed further success with ‘Spreadin’ Honey’ the same year. The group also backed comedian Bill Cosby, whose influence helped secure a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. The new signings then acquired a featured vocalist, Charles Wright (b. 1940, Clarkdale, Mississippi, USA), and following two 1969 singles, ‘Do Your Thing’ and ‘Till You Get Enough’, the band’s name was changed to Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Band. Subsequent singles ‘Express Yourself’ (1970) and ‘Your Love...

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