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
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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.


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


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


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


Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 14
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 2
UK Albums Chart 59
Year Single Peak chart positions



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


  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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