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.
Songwriter(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)
"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. 
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