Believe it or not, 1977's In Full Bloom was the group's full-fledged debut album. The band had been in the public consciousness since the Temptations' 1973 album 1990. Billie Calvin, a writer in Rose Royce producer Norman Whitfield's stable, penned "Wishing on a Star." With his '60s and '70s work with the Temptations, Whitfield had worked with some of the best high tenors in the business, Eddie Kendricks and Damon Harris. This track is reminiscent of the ballad work on 1990 and tracks "Heavenly" and "I Need You." Rose Royce lead singer Gwen Dickey's voice had a certain earthiness, a self-possession, yet a sorrow underneath which is reminiscent of Harris. "Wishing on a Star" of course highlighted those inherent elements in her voice. On the bridge and chorus, Dickey's voice is layered and the fact made this stand out. The great Paul Riser did the string arrangement. For a song that seemed to sum up and personify one of the late '70s' finest groups, the single of "Wishing on a Star" only hit the R&B charts at number 52. It was released as the third single from In Full Bloom, and by that point the high album sales diminished the life of the 45. Despite the stupefying lack of chart action, "Wishing on a Star" became an enduring song of regret and made its mark sonically and emotionally.