Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: Charles Wright is an award winning, guitar, composer, recording artist and author and is best known as the leader of `70s soul group The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and the composer of the resourcefully recycled R&B smash “Express Yourself,” which has been used in over 50 commercials and approximately 30 movies. Charles’ and the band’s best known number is the international crossover smash “Express Yourself” (#3 R&B / #12 Pop), written, arranged and sung by Charles. Since the Summer of `70, the Grammy-nominated song has enjoyed a long and lucrative life for Wright; sampled by many rap artists (including groundbreaking “Straight Outta Compton” gangster rappers N.W.A); utilized in dozens of commercials for everything from Burger King to Bitburger beer in Germany; used in many movies (including “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”); and, in sports, has been used by the PGA, the Summer Olympics and the NBA. Most recently being licensed by Sony Pictures Animation for their upcoming summer tent pole film “The Emoji Movie” opening July 28th.
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