Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star (1977)

It’s what we’re all about, throwbacks and old school mixes. This is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago you won’t hear on other stations in Chicago.

While you’ll hear this classic slow jam on our Quiet Storm programming (heard Sunday nights from 10PM – 2AM), you’ll also hear it along with other Rose Royce hits throughout the week here on The Beat Chicago.

For this one, we go back to the 1977, basement parties, black lights and glow in the dark posters, roller rinks, disco and the art of the ‘slow dance’ to get close to the one you love.

From 1973 to 1978, Rose Royce would churn out some massive hits including “I Wanna Get Next To You”, “Ooh Boy”, the theme to “Car Wash” as well as “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” which was covered by Madonna on her second album, “Like A Virgin” back in 1984.

Back in the day, people called them Rolls Royce, others that it was girl named Rose Royce but in fact, Rose Royce was an L.A. band who toured with Edwin Starr and others. Once they were introduced to super producer Norman Whitfield, he had ideas for them but not until he was ready to launch his own company.

Many people may not know this but Rose Royce had many artists cover their songs including Mary J. Blige with “I’m Going Down”, I’m Talking by Joe Cocker, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, Jully Black, City and Colour, Seal and Bastille. Wishing on a Star hit the charts again in 1990 when freestyle act The Cover Girls remade it. Other artists who’ve covered Rose Royce songs include Teena Marie, Beyoncé, Randy Crawford, Paul Weller, Bic Runga, En Vogue, Jordin Sparks, Miriam Stockley, Seal, Christion, Cherelle. Hell, even Car Wash was covered in the early 2000’s by Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot for 2004’s “Shark Tale” movie. In addition, Jay-Z recorded his own song, also called “Wishing on a Star”, for which Gwen Dickey re-recorded some of her original lyrics and was credited as a featured artist, and the song “Theme from S-Express” by S-Express uses a substantial portion of “Is It Love You’re After” as a sample.

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