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Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection

Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection is the fourth album released by the Funk band Rose Royce on the Whitfield label in August 1979. It was produced by Norman Whitfield. This would be the last album to include lead singer Gwen Dickey before she left the group to embark on a solo career.

Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 1979
RecordedFort Knox Studio
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreFunk, soul, disco
ProducerNorman Whitfield
Rose Royce chronology
Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!
Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Smash Hits8/10[2]



The album peaked at #72 on the R&B albums chart. It also reached #74 on the Billboard 200. Two singles were released from the album, "Is It Love You're After" and "What You Waitin' For". "Is It Love You're After" peaked at #31 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It was more successful on the UK Singles Chart, reaching #13. "What You Waitin' For" failed to chart. The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD in 2010 by Wounded Bird Records.

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."I Wonder Where You Are Tonight"Robert Daniels3:37
2."Is It Love You're After"Miles Gregory5:01
3."Shine Your Light"Robert Daniels5:26
4."What You Waitin' For"Norman Whitfield8:54
Side two
5."Bad Mother Funker"Norman Whitfield4:41
6."You Can't Run From Yourself"Norman Whitfield5:43
7."Lock It Down"Miles Gregory5:59
8."Pazazz"Michael Nash4:47


Rose Royce
  • Gwen Dickey – lead vocals
  • Kenny Copeland – trumpet, lead vocals
  • Kenji Brown – guitar, lead vocals
  • Lequeint "Duke" Jobe – bass, vocals
  • Michael Nash – keyboards
  • Henry Garner – drums, vocals
  • Freddie Dunn – trumpet
  • Michael Moore – saxophone
  • Terry Santiel – congas
Additional musicians
  • Walter Downing – Clavinet, Rhodes
  • Lafayette Trey Stone, Isy Martin, Wah Wah Watson – guitar
  • Jack Ashford – tambourine, cowbell


  • Norman Whitfield – producer, arranger, mixing engineer, album concept
  • Michael Nash – producer ("Pazazz")
  • Bruce Miller – string and horn arrangements
  • Leanard Jackson, Steve Smith – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Norman Moore – cover design
  • Scott Hensell – photography
  • Tim Bryant/Gribbitt! – art direction
  • Bill Whitfield – album coordinator


Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 74
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 22
UK Albums Chart 72
Year Single Peak chart positions

1979 "Is It Love You're After" 105 31 13
"What You Waitin' For"


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (September 20 – October 3, 1979): 25.
  3. ^ a b c "US Charts > Rose Royce". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  4. ^ a b "UK Charts > Rose Royce". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-11-23.

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