C H A R L E S
W R I G H T
LEGENDARY R&B SINGER & SONGWRITER
RELEASING BRAND-NEW ALBUM!
WROTE THE MEGA HIT
PERFORMED BY CHARLES WRIGHT
AND THE WATTS 103RD STREET RHYTHM BAND
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BY CHARLES WRIGHT
THE RECENT RELEASE
‘TAKING IT BACK’
From where we've come
AN EVENTFUL JOURNEY
"UP" contains historical moments, where the reader will experience inserts of the author's life long before he gained his status as a musical legend. And like his music, Wrights' story is a historical account of events that could only be told in his own personal and unique style.
Wright’s book is about a young boy and his family's trials and tribulations on a cotton plantation owned by a cruel sharecropper named Edward Miles, who was born with an unfair advantage, which he uses to dominate his subjects. At the critical age of eight, the boy's father demanded he pick no less than a hundred pounds a day, which according to the author, he has yet to be able to deliver. But any time he failed, he faced yet another one of his father’s vicious whippings. His father was involved with the cruel hearted landowner, who owned four hundred acres of fertile land, which he and his family were obligated to work 40 acres of. This, of course, called for an oversized family, which at that time was a sharecropper's dream.
The beatings continued practically on a daily basis and continued even after the family relocated to California due to the fact that his father had developed a habit of taking his personal frustrations out on the boy.
During the late forties and early fifties, his parents decided to opt out of the cotton business for good, but soon realized Mr. Miles was not so willing to let go. They plotted a scheme and leaving the plantation, they moved into Clarksdale, but only to realize how relentless the old sharecropper actually was. So in an effort to subdue the family, Mr. Miles used his influence among other white southerners to deny the boy's father employment.
Their saga continued due to one incident after another until finally, the child's mother sought help from her oldest daughter, who'd already moved out of state. The rest is history. His story takes too many twists and turns to explain in a brief synopsis, yet in the end it has a surprisingly pleasant way of resolving itself.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Act Title Release Year
Charlie Wright "Help Yourself" / "Number One" (1966)
Charles Wright "(I'm Living On) Borrowed Time" / "Keep Saying (You Don't Love Nobody)" (1966)
Charles Wright "Soul Train" / "Run Jody Run" (1972)
Charles Wright "You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin'" / "Here Comes the Sun" (1972)
Charles Wright "(Well I'm) Doin' What Cums Naturally" Part 1 / "(Well I'm) Doin' What Cums Naturally" Part 2 (1973)
Charles Wright "You Threw It All Away" / "The Weight Of Hate" (1973)
Charles Wright "Is It Real?" / "Don't Rush Tomorrow" (1975)
Charles Wright "You Gotta Know Whatcha Doin" / "Here Comes The Sun"
Just Fine (2020)
Act Title Year
Charles Wright Rhythm And Poetry (1972)
Charles Wright Doing What Comes Naturally (1973)
Charles Wright Ninety Day Cycle People (1974)
Charles Wright A Lil' Encouragement (1975)
Charles Wright of The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band Going To The Party (1997)
Charles Wright Music For The Times We Live In (2002)
Charles Wright of The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band High Maintenance Woman (2003)
Charles Wright of The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band with The Gallahads My Love Affair With Doo-Wop (2004)
Charles Wright Finally Got It... Wright (2007)
Music For The Times We Live In (2007)
Rhythm and Poetry (Remastered & Expanded) (2007)
Something to Make You Feel Good (2016)
Taking It Back (2021)
A Little Bit of Everything (2023) Coming soon!
As Charles Wright
and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Express Yourself (1970)
You're So Beautiful (1971)
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