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They are best known for their biggest hit on Warner Bros. A and others. Charles Wright was born on April 6, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Over the course of the next six years, Wright would add more players to his group and these were the players who would eventually become known as the Watts rd Street Rhythm Band, at least by The Wright Sounds played in several venues across Los Angeles but their best known stint was three years ending in at Hollywood 's Haunted House nightclub. Originally located at Hollywood and Vine, the Haunted House was a popular club in the s and appears in several popular culture artifacts, most notably the go-go dancing B-movie, Girl in Gold Boots.
However, between andthe Your Cheating Heart - Don McLean - Chain Lightning rd name applied to three, arguably four different personnel configurations before settling into the final band who played on every Watts rd album from forward.
The song became so popular that Smith released it as a single in and created the name, Watts rd St. Rhythm Band for the studio group who had recorded it. There is some confusion because, after "Spreadin' Honey" became a success, Montague re-released the single on the MoSoul label a Keyman subsidiary and credited to a different group altogether, the Soul Runners.
It has been long assumed that the Soul Runners were simply an earlier line-up of the Watts Band however, according to Wright, the two groups had nothing to do with one another whatsoever. InCarmichael and Wright were both working as session players for the Nashville West recording studio. Their group of studio players was discovered by Fred Smith and comedian Bill Cosby who needed a backing band for his upcoming album, Silver Throat.
Smith hired the Nashville West players and gave them the Watts rd name. Due to their Love Land - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Original Album Series with Cosby, the new Watts rd band landed a deal with Warner Bros.
They released a debut album in Wright generally disavows this album as a true Watts rd project, preferring to describe the second album, Together as the "first" Watts rd LP. When Love Land - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Original Album Series went on tour, Wright was put in charge with creating a Watts Rubber Biscuit - Supersuckers - Devils Food: A Collection Of Rare Treats & Evil Sweets! touring band which included both the musicians he had just recorded Hot Heat with but also added in the Wright Sounds as well.
Rhythm Band. Creative disagreements led to Smith selling his interest in the group to Wright. Newly freed, Wright reformed the Watts rd exclusively out of his Wright Sounds players and broke ties with the musicians he had recorded Hot Heat with. A May 18, recording of a live session at the Haunted House became the partial basis for the second Warner Bros.
Their next album, In the Jungle Babe, is best known for both "Love Land," an uptempo, doo-wop-influenced soul ballad, as well as "Comment," where Wright discusses the state of racial affairs in America.
Though the album was credited to the Watts rd St. Rhythm Band, the singles from this album and the group's next two albums, would be listed under "Charles Wright and the Watts rd Street Rhythm Band".
Their experiments in long, loosely structured groovesbest heard on the Express Yourself and You're So Beautiful albums, could be heard as both influences on and influenced by contemporaries such as Sly and the Family Stonethe Isley Brothers and Parliament-Funkadelic.
As early asthe Watts Band began to lose members. He was replaced by Benorce Blackmon. A and has been used for many soundtracks of movies, including Remember the TitansCheaper by the Dozen 2and Mr. Smithplus numerous television commercials.
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