Ooh Boy

Album: In Full Bloom (1977)
Charted: 46 72
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Songfacts®:

  • Rose Royce, a soul band known fronted by Gwen Dickey, is best known for their 1976 #1 hit "Car Wash." That song was written by Norman Whitfield, who signed the group to his label after a very impressive run as a songwriter-producer at Motown. Following the Car Wash soundtrack, their next album was In Full Bloom, which included "Ooh Boy," another song Whitfield wrote. It was only a minor hit, but Dickey's "Ooh boy, I love you so" became a popular sample, used by Candyman as the hook in his 1990 hit "Knockin' Boots," and interpolated by Janet Jackson in her 1998 collaboration with Shaggy, "Luv Me, Luv Me."
  • In this song, Gwen Dickey is hopelessly in love with a guy she's too scared to approach. Once she gets her hands on him, she's never gonna let him go, but first she has to make her move. It's a similar sentiment to another song Whitfield wrote: "Just My Imagination" by The Temptations.
  • Real McCoy released a dance version in 1995 that did well in clubs and went to #102 in America.

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