Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Car Wash
Soundtrack album by Rose Royce
Released September 13, 1976
Genre Funk, soul, disco, R&B
Length 73:10
Label MCA
Producer Norman Whitfield
Rose Royce chronology
Car Wash
(1976)
Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom
(1977)
Michael Schultz film soundtracks chronology
Car Wash
(1976)
Krush Groove
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Car Wash is a soundtrack double album released by the Funk band Rose Royce on the MCA label in September 1976. It was produced by Norman Whitfield. It is the soundtrack/film score to the 1976 hit comedy Car Wash that featured Richard Pryor and George Carlin and is also the debut album for Rose Royce.

History[edit]

Although Rose Royce had already recorded most of a non-soundtrack album prior to Car Wash, their producer Norman Whitfield insisted that they recorded new material for the film's score.[2] Initially, the film's producer's approached Whitfield with a basic plot, and Whitfield set about creating the music for a film that (at that time) had not even been written yet.

The album was a major success, yielding three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles, "Car Wash", "I Wanna Get Next to You", and "I'm Going Down". The title track was also a number one single on the Billboard pop charts. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD in 1996 by MCA Records.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Car Wash"   Norman Whitfield 5:06
2. "6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock)"   Norman Whitfield 1:09
3. "I Wanna Get Next to You"   Norman Whitfield 3:57
4. "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is"   Norman Whitfield 3:25
5. "Zig Zag"   Rose Royce 2:30
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "You're on My Mind"   Lequeint Jobe, Henry Garner 3:27
7. "Mid Day DJ Theme"   Norman Whitfield 1:43
8. "Born to Love You"   Rose Royce 3:06
9. "Daddy Rich"   Norman Whitfield 3:12
10. "Richard Pryor Dialogue"   Norman Whitfield 5:21
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "You Gotta Believe" (Vocals by The Pointer Sisters) Norman Whitfield 2:51
12. "I'm Going Down"   Norman Whitfield 3:37
13. "Yo Yo"   Rose Royce 4:16
14. "Sunrise"   Norman Whitfield 10:48
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
15. "Righteous Rhythm"   Norman Whitfield 2:30
16. "Water"   Norman Whitfield 3:31
17. "Crying"   Norman Whitfield 2:57
18. "Doin' What Comes Naturally"   Norman Whitfield 3:09
19. "Keep on Keepin' On"   Norman Whitfield 6:39

Personnel[edit]

Rose Royce

  • Kenji Brown – guitar
  • Lequeint "Duke" Jobe – bass
  • Victor Nix – keyboards
  • Henry Garner – drums
  • Kenny Copeland, Freddie Dunn – trumpet
  • Michael Moore – sax
  • Terry Santiel – congas
  • Gwen "Rose" Dickey – vocals

Additional Musicians/Personnel

Production[edit]

  • Norman Whitfield – producer, recording engineer
  • Baker Bigsby, Cal Harris, Leanard Jackson – recording engineer
  • Clay McMurray – recording engineer, album coordinator
  • Paul Riser – orchestra direction

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
[3][4]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 14
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 2
UK Albums Chart 59
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
Dan

[3]
US
A/C

[3]
UK
[4]
1976 "Car Wash" 1 1 3 9
1977 "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" 44
"I Wanna Get Next to You" 10 3 9 14
"I'm Going Down" 70 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A.. Car Wash review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  2. ^ Rose Royce bio
  3. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Rose Royce". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > Rose Royce". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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