Something a bit different this week. We have two versions of the same song! One of my favourite songs is “Wishing on a Star”, no not the Disney song “When You Wish Upon a Star” but the Rose Royce ballad. It’s a lovely song and was originally a hit in 1978 reaching number 3. Rose Royce are probably most famous for disco classic “Car Wash” but this is a beautiful song which shows off lead singer Gwen Dickey’s voice to perfection. Later on in the same year they would hit number 2 with another heartfelt ballad “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”.
I’m not normally a fan of cover versions, but ex-Jam frontman and rock legend, Paul Weller released a cover of the song in 2004 which reached number 11. His version is a slow rock ballad with some lovely guitar in it and Weller’s voice suits it so well, and it’s a change to hear him not as “angry” as he usually is! interesting to hear the same song in different styles and in a female and male voice.
“Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce
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“Wishing on a Star” by Paul Weller, live performance
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