Car Wash (soundtrack)

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Car Wash
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1976
GenreFunk, soul, disco, R&B
ProducerNorman Whitfield
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Singles from Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Car Wash"
    Released: August 30, 1976
  2. "You Gotta Believe"
    Released: 1976
  3. "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is"
    Released: 1977
  4. "I Wanna Get Next to You"
    Released: December 1, 1976
  5. "I'm Going Down"
    Released: 1977
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Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 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 record new material for the film's score.[2] Initially, the film's producers approached Whitfield with a basic plot, and Whitfield set about creating the music for a film that, at that point, 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. The Car Wash soundtrack won a 1977 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Norman Whitfield, except where noted

Side one
1."Car Wash" 5:06
2."6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock)" 1:09
3."I Wanna Get Next to You" 3:57
4."Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" 3:25
5."Zig Zag"Rose Royce2:30
Side two
6."You're on My Mind"Lequeint Jobe, Henry Garner3:27
7."Mid Day DJ Theme" 1:43
8."Born to Love You"Rose Royce3:06
9."Daddy Rich" 3:12
10."Richard Pryor Dialogue" 5:21
Side three
11."You Gotta Believe" (Vocals by the Pointer Sisters) 2:51
12."I'm Going Down" 3:37
13."Yo Yo"Rose Royce4:16
14."Sunrise" 10:48
Side four
15."Righteous Rhythm"2:30
18."Doin' What Comes Naturally"3:09
19."Keep on Keepin' On"6:39


Rose Royce

  • Kenji Brown – guitar
  • Lequeint "Duke" Jobe – bass
  • Victor Nix – keyboards
  • Henry Garner – drums
  • Kenny Copeland – trumpet, lead vocals on "I Wanna Get Next to You"[4][5]
  • Freddie Dunn – trumpet
  • Michael Moore – saxophone
  • 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 (1976/77) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 40
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 12 9
"You Gotta Believe" 103 14
1977 "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" 44
"I Wanna Get Next to You" 10 3 9 14 53
"I'm Going Down" 70 10 10


  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A.. Car Wash review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  2. ^ Rose Royce bio
  3. ^ allmusic Biography
  4. ^ "Come On Y'all and Sing it for Me" Soul Train Cruise, 19 February 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  5. ^ "I Wanna Get Next to You" - Rose Royce (song review) @AllMusic. Retrieved 13 May 2024.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > Rose Royce". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  7. ^ a b "UK Charts > Rose Royce". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. pp. 282, 355. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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