Inspiration can hit at any moment; even while you're eating chicken. Songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield had hits with such Motown acts as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Undisputed Truth. While playing a basketball game, he stopped to write down lyrics on a bag of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He'd been trying to write music for Car Wash, an upcoming movie from Universal Pictures starring Richard Pryor, Franklin Ajaye, George Carlin, Ivan Dixon, and Bill Duke. Whitfield was initially less than thrilled about being involved with the project, but was wooed by director Michael Schultz (Cooley High, Krush Groove), the salary, and its use as a good exposure tool for a new group that was working with called Rose Royce. The group was allowed to watch the filming of the movie and kept Whitfield abreast of its plot line. Written and produced by Whitfield, Rose Royce's "Car Wash" went platinum, selling over two million copies, holding the number one R&B spot for two weeks while going to number one pop in late 1976. The movie, made at a cost of two million, grossed 20 million. The Car Wash soundtrack went gold, spawning the R&B/pop Top Ten hit "I Wanna Get Next to You" and "I'm Going Down."