Rose Royce

Genres: Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in the USA as a multi-purpose backing group, the original nine-piece worked under a variety of names. In 1973 Kenji Brown (guitar), Victor Nix (keyboards), Kenny Copeland, Freddie Dunn (trumpets), Michael Moore (saxophone), Lequient ‘Duke’ Jobe (bass), Henry Garner and Terrai Santiel (drums) backed Edwin Starr as Total Concept Limited, before supporting Yvonne Fair as Magic Wand. This line-up later became the regular studio band behind the Undisputed Truth and Temptations, before embarking on their own recording career following the addition of singer Gwen Dickey. The group took the name Rose Royce in 1976 when they recorded the successful soundtrack to the motion picture Car Wash, the title song of which was a platinum-selling single. Two further songs from the movie reached the R&B Top 10 before the band joined producer Norman Whitfield’s label. Two atmospheric releases, ‘Wishing On A Star’ and ‘Love Don’t Live Here...

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