Rose Royce is an American soul and R&B group. They are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including "Car Wash" and "I Wanna Get Next to You"

Rose Royce is an American soul and R&B group. They are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including "Car Wash" and "I Wanna Get Next to You"

 

Genre R&B, Soul

Band Members

Gwen Dickey, Lead Vocals since 1973 Kenji Brown, Guitar, Lead Vocals since 1973
Kenny Copeland, Trumpet, Lead Vocals since 1973
Lequeint Jobe, Bass since 1973
Terral Santiel, Conga since 1973
Henry Garner, Drum Kits since 1973
Michael Nash, Keyboard
Freddy Dunn, Trumpet since 1973
Michael Moore, Saxophone since 1973
Victor Nix, Keyboard since 1973

 

Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

 

Record Label

Whitfield, Epic, Streetwave, Omni

 

About

Rose Royce are a funky and talented R&B soul music group from Los Angeles, California. The band first formed under the name Total Concept Unlimited in the early 70s. The original members were: Kenny Copeland (lead vocals/trumpet), Lequient "Duke" Jobe (basss/vocals), Michael Moore (saxophone), Freddie Dunn (trumpet), Walter McKinney (guitar), Michael Nash (keyboards), Henry Garner (drums/vocals), Kenji Brown (guitar/lead vocals), and Terral "Terry" Santiel (congas). Total Concept Unlimited toured in Japan with Edwin Starr in 1973. Starr introduced the group to legendary Motown music producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield. Whitfield renamed the band Rose Royce and added beautiful and charismatic female singer Gwen Dickey to the line-up (Dickey was discovered by Whitfield's band Undisputed Truth singing in a Miami, Florida group called the Jewels). The group hit pay dirt when they got the plumb opportunity to provide several songs for the comedy film "Car Wash." The supremely rousing and syncopated titular tune became a massive #1 hit on both the R&B and Billboard Top 10 pop charts. The songs "I Wanna Get Next to You" and "I'm Going Down" likewise did well on the R&B radio charts while the soundtrack album sold over a million copies. Rose Royce had further follow-up R&B chart hits with the songs "Do Your Dance," "Ooh Boy," the extremely lovely and poignant ballad "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," and "I'm in Love (And I Love the Feeling).

 

Current Location

Los Angeles, CA

 

Booking agent

Richard De La Font Agency