Rose Royce

Car Wash

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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."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Summit Records
Car Wash 1976
Original Soundtrack
MCA 5:06
No Image 1977 MCA
Greatest Hits [Whitfield] 1980 Whitfield 3:18
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:17
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 -- Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
#1 Hits: 1975-1979 1996
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 3:14
Soul Classics, Vol. 1 [Intercontinental] 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:44
Everybody Dance Now 1996
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:20
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 2 [Universal] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 5:08
Mega Hits: Disco Locomotion, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
Dance Classics Gold [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
4:59
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Roller Disco: Boogie from the Skating Rinks 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:06
Disco 54: The Studio Collection 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Cigar Classics, Vol. 2: Urban Fire 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Disco Queens: The '70s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino
Disco Fever [Coyote] 1997
Various Artists
Essex
Golden Soul Hits 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 4:41
Soul Brothers & Sisters of the 70's 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:06
Seventies Generation: 1977 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties / Seventies 3:41
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:17
Flick Hits Take 2 1998
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:15
Old School Mega Mix, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 5:06
Pure Funk 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:16
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
Funk on Film 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 5:06
No. 1 Classic Pop Album 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:34
Solid Gold Soul: Soul Gems 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:17
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Soul Classics: Golden Greats 1999
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:50
Disco Mania, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:15
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:13
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [SPG] 1999
Various Artists
SPG 3:14
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Virgin
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1976 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Celebration 2000 [Enigma] 1999
Various Artists
Enigma Records 0:00
Black History in Music Sampler 1999 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
Party Starter Level 1: The Classics 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 3:19
Love Funk: 12 Classic Funk Hits 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:20
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1977 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:33
Rock Vibrations 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:42
Rock Revival: Rocking Down the House 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:48
The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Disco 2000
Various Artists
Polydor / Universal 3:20
The Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:42
Funky Grooves [Medalist] 2000
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 5:07
Jammin' Gold 2000
Various Artists
Q Records / Atlantic 5:06
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:17
The Very Best of Rose Royce [Rhino] 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 5:08
The Very Best of Rose Royce [Cleopatra] 2001 Golden Music / Cleopatra 4:58
Funk Soul USA 2001
Various Artists
Goldenlane / Cleopatra 4:55
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:33
Disco Nights [MCA Special Products] 2001 Crimson Productions 3:19
Collection 2002 Spectrum Music 3:19
Tom Joyner Presents: The Old School Mix Returns 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Monster Disco 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:31
Disco Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 3:20
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:14
Celebration of Disco 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Greatest Hits: Studio Cuts 2002 Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra 5:12
Gold Funk and Soul 2003
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:55
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:16
The Best Pop Album of the 70's...Ever! 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:34
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:17
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Funk Explosion 2004
Various Artists
Koch 5:06
Endless Summer: Sunshine Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:56
Ultimate Funk [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:05
Ladies Night [Columbia River 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:56
Best of Rose Royce: Car Wash 2004 Universal Special Products 5:07
'70s [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 3:20
Ladies Night [Columbia River 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:56
Disco Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:19
Sing-A-Long Summer 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 5:03
Soiree Blanche: Saint Tropez 2006
Various Artists
Atoll 3:14
Hits of the 70s [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 4:56
The Pink Album 2006
Various Artists
Polystar
Greatest Ever! Party: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:20
True School Party 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:20
Get Down Tonight [Hallmark] 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:32
Gold: Old School Jams 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:07
Number 1's: Soundtrack Smashes 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:08
Rhino Hi-Five: Rose Royce 2007 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:25
This Is Stadium Anthems 2007
Various Artists
Dead Line Music 5:04
Baby Loves Disco 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:18
Don't Quit Music: Sweating Disco Dance Party 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:18
Pure Disco [Universal] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:14
K-Tel Presents: Super Bad Is Back 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical [Music Inspired By] 2009
Various Artists
Universal International 3:19
Największe Hity z Ekranu 2010
Various Artists
Magic Records / Universal Music Group 3:18
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Hip-O / Strategic Marketing 3:18
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
Beach Party: R&B Beach Hits 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 4:56
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:17
Greatest Ever Mum: The Definitive Collection 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 3:19
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 3:18
100 Summerhits In The Mix 2012
Various Artists
PTG / Various Tunes 2:48
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:17
20 #1’s: Disco
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:17
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 4:56
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:40
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:56
Body By Jake: Sweating Disco Dance Party
Various Artists
Body By Jake 2:18
Discomix
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 3:17
Forever Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:18
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 4:58
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 4:58
Throwback Tunes: 70s
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 3:18
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:19