Across 110th Street (song)

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"Across 110th Street"
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Single by Bobby Womack & Peace
from the album Across 110th Street
B-side "Hang On In There"
Released 1973
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 3:30
Label United Artists UA-XW196-W
Writer(s) Bobby Womack, J.J. Johnson
Producer(s) Bobby Womack

Across 110th Street is a single by Bobby Womack, from the soundtrack and film of the same name that starred Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto.

50 Cent told NME that the song was the first with which he fell in love: "Because of how the situation was for black people in America at that time, there were a lot of struggle songs around. It seemed to be something that really moved the people around me. I felt the power of music to raise people up; to make them angry or proud."[1]

Background[edit]

The single was released in February 1973 on the United Artists label. Credited to Bobby Womack and Peace, who had a hit previously with "Harry Hippie",[2][3] it was composed by B. Womack and J. J. Johnson. Its B-side was "Hang On In There", composed by B. Womack.[4] The March 31 issue of Billboard Magazine reported that it was his fourth hit in a year.[5] For the week ending May 5, 1973 with the single in its sixth week in the charts, the Billboard best selling soul singles chart showed the single was at position 24 with the previous week's position being 19. Meanwhile, the chart showed the album in its 14th week, maintaining its position at 15.[6] The song was given a revival with Quentin Tarantino's 1997 movie "Jackie Brown".

Other versions[edit]

It is covered by Calvin Richardson on his 2009 album Facts Of Life – The Soul Of Bobby Womack[7] and by Ania Dąbrowska on her Ania Movie (October 2015).[8] A version featuring Bobby Womack appears on the Los Lobos album The Ride, in a medley with the song "Wicked Rain".

Single releases[edit]

  • Bobby Womack & Peace - "Across 110th Street" / "Hang On In There" - United Artists XW 196 - 1973[9][10]

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