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Rose Royce

Rose Royce -- the Los Angeles-based group comprised of Henry Garner (drums); Terral "Terry" Santiel (congas); Lequeint "Duke" Jobe (bass); Michael Moore (saxophone); Gwen Dickey, performing with the group using the stage name Rose Norwalt (lead vocals); Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals); Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals); Freddie Dunn (trumpet); and Michael Nash (keyboards) -- were actually formed by Copeland and Garner. Both were preparing for graduation from high school, and contemplating their careers. Joined by Dunn and Moore, the two decided to go the route of the music business under the name Total Concept Unlimited (and later as Magic Wand). They auditioned for Edwin Starr, and he hired them as his backup band.

The group's association with Starr enabled them to interact with numerous music industry personalities. One in particular was Motown producer Norman Whitfield. Whitfield gradually became associated with the group by hiring it for recording sessions; the group also worked with Yvonne Fair, the Undisputed Truth, and the Temptations through Whitfield's influence. After a couple of years of seasoning, the group began production on its debut album under Whitfield's supervision. Also during this time, MCA Records was seeking an artist for the soundtrack to the movie Car Wash. Whitfield convinced executives that the band was more than competent for the job. So the material that Whitfield had assembled for the group's debut album became the soundtrack's material.

The movie Car Wash and the soundtrack were big hits, and they also propelled the group, now known as Rose Royce, into national recognition. Released in late 1976, the soundtrack featured three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles: "Car Wash," "I Wanna Get Next to You," and "I'm Going Down." The former was also a number one single on the Billboard pop charts. To offset any negative rhetoric regarding its legitimacy, the group released its follow-up album, Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom, and bloom it did. The group returned to the Top Ten with "Do Your Dance" and "Ooh Boy," silencing all critics. In 1978, they released their third album, entitled Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!, and it featured "I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling)" and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." Both singles cracked the Billboard R&B Top Five.

Rose Royce followed with a string of hits that roamed the charts, but never gained the chart status that their previous songs did. They became very popular in England and have remained a marquee attraction there. ~ Craig Lytle, Rovi
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Rose Royce is my girl. Wishing on a star, I love it
Cool
Rose Royce is thr s**ts!!
I feel it's time we should make up and make the best of things when we are together!! IM WISHING ON A STAR TO FALLOW WHERE YOU ARE.. Love you my main squeeze the man of my heart love you I love you I love you understand this love I feel for you is so intense and immense I love you babe
rodolfo.flor e s j r . 8 2
DISCO TimE!!!!!
Good stuff like foreal tho
I wanna get next to u B*) <333
I Wanna Get Next to You - still one of best soul records of all time. It has a feel to it - similar to Just my Imagination. . . .
Car wash
Yes when the movie car wash came out it was yhe sh#^&...lol my daddy said I was to young to see it so we went to the drive in . Those were the dasys.
mssunshine19 6 7
This is real love music here. It makes you think love love love.
I love this song!!
This track is hot!
Beautiful voice
kidjay9
Always liked this group. Nice write-up, but how could it not mention one of my favorite RR tunes, I'm Wishin' On A Star?
Wen I first heard this..what movie came up and my head FRIDAY!!!
I love this song :)
I dream of me and you sailing thru the sky like two birds in flight....
Bill's favorite song I miss those days in jump street with Bill M good times
yaboo1967
Must say, Cover Girls did justice to a great song, that always brings back great memories of childhood (original), party days (C.Gs.).
Youis sodeep
You go
MARY J.!-Wished she sounded this good!!-Love her!- But some things Again should be left Alone!!!
This group reminds me of a really beautiful girl I was so in love with when I was much younger! Her name was Tracy Ortega from San Francisco. One of the true regrets of my life is letting her go from my life. All I have now are my memories & the music to go with those memories. Peace & love people. Tiny S.F. mission.
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Chitown music here peoles
I had this soundtrack and saw this movie back in the day with my friends and my cousins when visiting them in Brooklyn. Those were the days My people.
Love Don't Live Here Anymore....c l a s s i c
I Wanna Get Next To You is one of my favorites... .
Car Wash All The Way
bjc19228
Takes me back to college days at FSU!
Brings back so many memories!!
Yah, great sounds....Ju s t wish the new ones go back and do remakes. see if they can do it.



After 7

Rose Royce was kickin it back when i was in the Navy. Did we ever boogie to their music at the barracks after hours....... . J a m City!!! Makes me almost miss the days......AL M O S T ! ! !
GREAT OLD SCHOOL BAND. THIS IS THE BAND THAT DID THE MUSIC FOR THE MOVIE CAR WASH. GREAT MOVIE. IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. IT'S FREAKING HILARIOUS.

I used to play oldies but goodies in bk on weekends we would turn out crowds to the break of day the 80-90 bestuy
Hey if the new generation read the back ground of these bands maybe the would understand the music more and learn from them to come and appreciate the history of soul music
Life will go on
Listen this takes me back to BKYN NEW YORK.i had a Great time in my teens.there was a place called the Roof Top.in Flatbush Ave.man i was there every Friday,sat nite.
It reminds me of cc her cousin died RIP love the song takes me back
Such great memories back in the day. Thank you for sharing the background. My 7 yr old knows all the words. Warms heart. Good ole days. God bless!
Sleep don't come easy❤️❤️❤️❤️
I WANNA GET NXT TO YOU ............ . . . . L O V E THIS JAM
One of my favs!
love it!
Wonderful... .
MAD SAD OR GLAD MS.ROYCE WILLL BRING U BACK TO NORMALCY.... T H A N K GOD FOR HER
Hey everyone! Lets make a song about a car wash! WE'LL MAKE MILLIONS!
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