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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
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Albums by
Rose Royce

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    10 songs

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    Fresh Cut

    8 songs

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    Get Down with Rose Royce (Live)

    8 songs

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    Golden Touch

    9 songs

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    Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!

    8 songs

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    Rose Royce IV: The Rainbow Connection

    8 songs

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    Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom

    8 songs

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    Perfect Lover

    11 songs

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    The Very Best of Rose Royce [Rhino]

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Rose Royce

    10 songs

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    The Very Best of Rose Royce [Cleopatra]

    15 songs

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    Greatest Hits [Purple Pyramid]

    19 songs

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    Car Wash

    19 songs

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    Car Wash

    9 songs

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    Rose Royce Live

    14 songs

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    Greatest Hits [Whitfield]

    9 songs

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    The Magic Touch

    12 songs

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    In Full Bloom: Expanded Edition

    12 songs

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    Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! [Expanded Edition]

    12 songs

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    Stronger Than Ever

    8 songs

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    Music Magic

    10 songs

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    Music Magic [Japan]

    9 songs

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    Fresh Cut

    9 songs

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    Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!

    8 songs

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    Golden Touch

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Top Songs by
Rose Royce

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    Popularity
  2.   I Wanna Get Next to You
  3.   Car Wash
  4.   I'm Going Down
  5.   Ooh Boy
  6.   Wishing on a Star
  7.   Love Don't Live Here Anymore
  8.   Is It Love You're After
  9.   Do Your Dance
  10.   Love Don't Live Here
  11.   Pop Your Fingers
  12.   Born to Love You
  13.   You're My World Girl
  14.   Long Distance Love Affair
  15.   You're a Winner
  16.   Car Wash II
  17.   Richard Pryor Dialogue/Rich Reprise
  18.   I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  19.   You're on My Mind
  20.   Show Me [12" Mix
  21.   Safe and Warm
  22.   Doin' What Comes Naturally
  23.   Oh Boy
  24.   Magic Doll
  25.   Shine Your Light
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