Stargard (band)

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Stargard
Origin United States
Genres Funk, disco, R&B/soul
Years active 1976–1983
Labels MCA Records
Warner Bros. Records
Past members Rochelle Runnells
Debra Anderson
Janice Williams

Stargard was an American three-piece female funk band, consisting of original members Rochelle Runnells, Debra Anderson, and Janice Williams. Stargard was best known for their 1977 Norman Whitfield-penned hit song "Theme Song from Which Way Is Up?" which served as a theme for the movie of the same name starring Richard Pryor. The single, which also anchored the band's 1978 self-titled debut album for MCA Records, charted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.[1] The Whitfield-penned title track of their follow up album What You Waitin' For was also a Top 10 R&B hit. The group's last hit came after switching to the Warner Bros. Records label and releasing The Changing Of The Gard, and its standout single "Wear It Out", co-produced by Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire.[2][3]

Anderson left the group shortly after The Changing of the Gard album. The remaining members stayed together to release two more albums; Back 2 Back (Warner Bros., 1980) and Nine Lives (MCA, 1982).

Outside of their recorded output, Stargard appeared as 'the Diamonds' in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
CAN
[5]
1978 Stargard
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: MCA
26 12 25
What You Waitin' For
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: MCA
206 50
1979 The Changing of the Gard 57
1981 Back 2 Back
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros.
186
1982 Nine Live
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: MCA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[4]
US
R&B

[4]
US
Dan

[4]
AUS
[6]
CAN
[5]
NLD
[7]
NZ
[8]
UK
[9]
1977 "Theme Song from Which Way Is Up?" 21 1 12 79 24 20 7 19 Stargard
1978 "Disco Rufus" 88
"Love Is So Easy" 75 45
"What You Waitin' For" 4 39 What You Waitin' For
"Sensuous Woman" 81
1979 "Wear It Out" 43 4 The Changing of the Gard
"Runnin' from the Law" 61
1981 "High on the Boogie" 70 59 Back 2 Back
"Back to the Funk"
1982 "True Love" Nine Lives
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stargard Biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ Stargard Chart History at AllMusic
  3. ^ Stargard Albums & Singles on Discogs
  4. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Stargard". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  5. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Stargard". RPM. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "NLD Charts > Stargard". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  8. ^ "NZ Charts > Stargard". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  9. ^ "UK Charts > Stargard". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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