Rose Royce

Wishing on a Star

Composed by Billie Rae Calvin

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom 1977 Ol' Skool / Whitfield 4:51
Greatest Hits [Whitfield] 1980 Whitfield 3:57
That Loving Feeling, Vol. 7 1994
Various Artists
Alex 4:43
Soul Devotion [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Alex 4:37
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:57
Old School, Vol. 2: Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:56
Slow Jamz from Back in Da Day 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:56
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 6 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:57
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality 3:56
All About Soul [Castle] 1996
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 4:42
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Sounds Of Nature
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:50
Soul of a Woman 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:03
54, Vol. 1 1998
Original Soundtrack
Tommy Boy 3:57
Disco Fever [Boxsets] 1998
Various Artists
Boxsets 6:18
Blues & Soul Bible 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Disco Party Live 1998
Various Artists
Wax Works 5:08
Rose Royce Live 1998 Wax Works 6:10
Spirt of the Seventies 1998
Various Artists
Ultimate Music Collection 5:23
Smooth Soul Grooves 1999
Various Artists
Jazz FM
After the Love Has Gone 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Just the Way 1999
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution 5:20
Everlasting Love [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 5:12
Femme Fatale: History of Women in Popular Music 1999
Various Artists
Alpha Wave
Sounds of the 70's [Global TV] 1999
Various Artists
Global TV 3:56
The Greatest 70's Album of All Time, Pt. 1 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 4:31
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Dressed to Kill] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 4:31
The Magic Touch 2000 Starburst Records (UK) / Starburst Recordings 6:07
Into the Mix, Vol. 4: The Classix Remixed 2000
Various Artists
Hypnotic 4:03
The Love Songs Collection 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 6:13
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:56
R&B Millennium Hits 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 4:04
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:22
Mega Soul 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:47
The Very Best of Rose Royce [Rhino] 2001 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:52
The Very Best of Rose Royce [Cleopatra] 2001 Golden Music / Cleopatra 4:04
The Chill out Album, Vol. 5 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 7 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
Greatest Hits: Studio Cuts 2002 Revolver USA 4:35
Ann Summers Presents the Sex Album 2003
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 3:58
Live in Hollywood 2003 FYD Records 6:54
Soul Classics, Vol. 9 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
Capital Gold Soul Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:56
This Is Rave, Vol. 6: From Dusk Til Dawn 2004
Various Artists
Hypnotic 6:06
Ultimate Decades [Box] 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 5:23
Soul Explosion Album 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic 4:28
The Best Disco in Town: Live 2003 2004
Various Artists
Well Go USA
Heart and Soul: Gloria Gaynor/Kool and the Gang 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
60 Soul Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 4:28
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Horizon 5:12
Soul Smooching: 36 Late Night Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 4:07
Greatest Hits [2005] 2005 Hitbox 6:16
Seventies [Dynamic] 2005
Various Artists
Dynamic
R&B Soul 2006 Direct Source Special 4:04
Rose Royce 2006 Members Edition / United Audio Entertainment 6:07
Absolute Love 2006
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image 2007 Goldenlane 4:35
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:57
Wishing on a Star 2008 LT Series 4:01
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 4:55
Purely Hits of the 70s 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Purely 5:09
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 4:52
Loving You: 60 Beautiful Love Songs to Show How Much You Care 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
3/60: Love 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:52
S.O.U.L. 2011 Sony Music 6:10
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 4:51
Love Songs: R&B Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 4:09
The Love Song 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:50
Love Songs: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
70 Hits of the '70s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Forever Friends: Especially for You
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:53
Hold Me Close
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:52
No Image Big Break / Cherry Red
Keep Calm & Love Me
Various Artists
Music Brokers 4:36
Love Hits [Crimson]
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 4:50
Nite Flite, Vol. 2
Various Artists
CBS Records
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 4:50
R&B Love [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:50
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