BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: February 4, 1978 - “Theme From “Which Way Is Up”” by Stargard hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #21 on the Hot 100 on April 1st. Written by Norman Whitfield, it is the biggest hit for the Los Angeles based female R&B vocal trio. Coming off the huge success of writing and producing the soundtrack of the film “Car Wash”, Whitfield will be asked by director Michael Schultz to write the theme song for his next film “Which Way Is Up” starring Richard Pryor. The track is recorded at Sound Factory West in Los Angeles, CA and features members of Rose Royce providing the musical backing. Funk Brothers percussionist Jack Ashford will also play on the track providing the distinctive “wobble board” sound heard on the song’s intro using a plastic “do not disturb” door sign taken from a hotel. 

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