Stargard (group)

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OriginUnited States
GenresFunk, disco, R&B, soul
Years active1976–1983
LabelsMCA Records
Warner Bros. Records
Associated actsNorman Whitfield, Junior Walker, Verdine White
Past membersRochelle Runnells
Debra Anderson
Janice Williams

Stargard was an American R&B, funk and soul girl group.[1]


Stargard consisted of members being Rochelle Runnells, Debra Anderson, and Janice Williams. The vocal trio issued the "Theme Song from 'Which Way Is Up'" for the soundtrack of the 1977 feature film Which Way Is Up?. The Norman Whitfield penned track also came upon Stargard's 1978 self-titled debut album for MCA Records. The album rose to numbers 12 & 26 upon the Top R&B Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.[2][3] As a single 'Which Way Is Up' rose to numbers 1, 12 & 21 upon the Billboard Hot R&B Songs, Dance Club Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. Which Way Is Up also got to No. 19 upon the UK Singles chart.[4][5][6][7]

During 1978 Stargard released their sophomore album entitled What You Waitin' For. Off of this album its title track went on to be a Top 10 R&B hit. The group then switched to Warner Bros. Records upon which their third LP The Changing Of The Gard was issued in 1979. The album cut "Wear It Out" was co-produced by Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire. As a single Wear It Out rose to no. 4 upon the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Stargard also lent background vocals to Junior Walker's 1979 album Back Street Boogie. [8][9][1]

Anderson went on to leave Stargard shortly after The Changing of the Gard's issue. With now only Williams and Runnells in tow the band released their Whitfield produced fourth album entitled Back 2 Back in 1980.[1] They thereafter returned to MCA upon which their fifth LP Nine Lives was issued in 1982.[1]

Media appearances[edit]

Stargard appeared as 'the Diamonds' in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label

1978 Stargard 26 12 25 MCA
What You Waitin' For 50
1979 The Changing of the Gard 57 Warner Bros.
1981 Back 2 Back 186
1982 Nine Lives MCA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Hot 100
US Hot R&B

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.


  1. ^ a b c d Stargard at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Stargard: Stargard (Billboard 200)".
  3. ^ "Stargard: Stargard (Top R&B Albums)".
  4. ^ "Stargard: UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ "Stargard: Stargard (Hot R&B Songs)".
  6. ^ "Stargard: Stargard (Dance Club Songs)".
  7. ^ "Stargard: Stargard (Hot 100)".
  8. ^ a b "Stargard: Hot R&B".
  9. ^ a b "Stargard: Hot Dance Club Play".
  10. ^ "Stargard".
  11. ^ "Stargard: Billboard 200".
  12. ^ "Stargard: Top R&B Albums". Billboard.
  13. ^ a b "Stargard: CAN Charts". RPM. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  14. ^ "Stargard: Hot 100".
  15. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  16. ^ "NLD Charts > Stargard". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  17. ^ "NZ Charts > Stargard". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  18. ^ "Stargard: UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-16.

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