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Rose Royce is an American funk/R&B group that rose to prominence during the 1970s. The Los Angeles-based group initially consisted of Gwen Dickey (vocals), Henry Garner (drums), Terral “Terry” Santiel (congas), Lequeint “Duke” Jobe (bass), Michael Moore (saxophone), Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals), Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals) and Victor Nix (keyboards). The group began in the 1970s, when several musicians in the Watts and Inglewood areas of Los Angeles formed the band Total Concept Unlimited. In 1973, this collective toured Europe and Japan with Motown star Edwin Starr. Starr introduced the band to writer/producer Norman Whitfield. After a decade at Motown, Whitfield wanted to start a company of his own. He took Total Concept Unlimited under his wing and signed them to his label. The band, then called Magic Wand, began working with singer Yvonne Fair and became the studio and concert band for The Undisputed Truth. During a tour stop in Miami, Undisputed Truth lead singer Joe Harris spotted singer Gwen Dickey. Harris informed Whitfield of his discovery and Dickey was flown to Los Angeles to audition. In Dickey Whitfield found the ingredient he felt was missing from Magic Wand; a charismatic female singer. He gave her the stage name Rose Norwalt. The original band lineup, now complete, began preparing their debut album. During this time Whitfield was contacted by film director Michael Schultz, fresh off the success of his film “Cooley High.” Schultz gave Whitfield an opportunity to score his next film, “Car Wash.” Whitfield would utilize the film to launch his new group, and began composing music based on script outlines. The band’s name was changed one final time to “Rose Royce.” The name not only referenced the movie’s automotive theme, but it also placed Gwen “Rose” Dickey front and center. Furthermore, it hinted at a touch of class the band strove to bring to 1970s soul/funk. The film “Car Wash” and its soundtrack were huge successes, bringing the group national recognition. Released in 1976, the soundtrack spawned the Billboard Top Ten hits “Car Wash”, “I Wanna Get Next To You” and “I’m Going Down.” The first of these was also a number one single on the Billboard chart, and “I Wanna Get Next To You” reached number 10. The group’s sophomore effort, “In Full Bloom”, spawned the Top Ten singles “Do Your Dance” and “Ooh Boy.” It also included the ballad “Wishing On A Star”, which was Rose Royce’s first top-10 hit in the UK. It’s been notable elsewhere through cover versions, including The Cover Girls’ Top Ten single in 1992. In 1978, Rose Royce released “Rose Royce Strikes Again.” It featured the singles “I’m In Love (And I Love The Feeling)” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Both singles reached the Billboard R&B Top Five. They followed with several modestly successful singles that reached the charts, but never gained the status their previous releases had. Dickey left the group in April 1980 and Rose Royce disbanded temporarily. However, the remaining members regrouped, adjusted the lineup, and kept the band somewhat popular in the UK, where they remained a marquee attraction. The band released the albums “Car Wash” (1976), “In Full Bloom” (1977), “Rose Royce Strikes Again” (1978), “Rainbow Connection 4” (1979), “Greatest Hits” (1980), “Golden Touch” (1980), “Jump Street” (1981), “Stronger Than Ever” (1982), “Music Magic” (1984), “The Show Must Go On” (1985), “Fresh Cut” (1986) and “Perfect Lover” (1989).