Express Yourself (Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band song)

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"Express Yourself"
Express Yourself - Charles Wright.jpg
Single by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
from the album Express Yourself
B-side "Living on Borrowed Time"
Released August 1970
Format Single
Recorded 1970
Genre R&B, Funk
Length 3:51
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Charles Wright
Producer(s) Charles Wright
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band singles chronology
"Love Land"
(1970)
"Express Yourself"
(1970)
"Solution for Pollution"
(1970)

"Express Yourself" is a song written by Charles Wright and performed by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. It was released in 1970 as the title song of their 1970 album, Express Yourself,[1] and is their signature song. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also their biggest hit on the U.S. R&B chart, reaching #3.[2][3]

The song was produced by Wright.[4]

The single was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1971, losing to The Delfonics song "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" and ranked #57 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. R&B 3
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 17

Covers and samples[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Express Yourself Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Weiss, Jeff (2014-12-17). "Watts Soul Legend Charles Wright's "Mistake" Turned Into "Express Yourself"". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph. "Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, 'You're So Beautiful' - 20 R&B Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You Never Heard". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  4. ^ Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, "Express Yourself" single release Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1970". Archived from the original on February 2, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Idris Muhammad, Black Rhythm Revolution! Retrieved July 2, 2016.
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  9. ^ Saccharine Trust, Past Lives Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. ^ The House Jacks, Funkwich Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Francis Rocco Prestia, ...Everybody on the Bus Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Snooks Eaglin, The Way It Is Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Tinchy Stryder, Catch 22 Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Labrinth, Electronic Earth Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  15. ^ Labrinth, "Express Yourself" chart position Retrieved July 2, 2016.
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  18. ^ Guess Who soundtrack Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  19. ^ Mr. & Mrs. Smith soundtrack Retrieved July 2, 2016.