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The Fifth Dimension

The Fifth Dimension (also known as The 5th Dimension) is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes R&B, soul, and jazz. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Abba Crosby Stills & Nash Danny & The Juniors Dion & the Belmonts Dixie Hummingbirds Earth Wind & Fire Fifth Dimension Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers Gladys Knight & The Pips Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Jay & the Americans Little Anthony & the Imperials Martha & the Vandellas Peter, Paul and Mary Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Sonny Til and... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ...


The Fifth Dimension were best-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for popularizing the hits "Up, Up and Away" and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In." Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, sometimes incorrectly known as The Age of Aquarius, is a medley of the songs Aquarius and The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In) from the musical Hair, originally released by The Fifth Dimension as a single which held the number one position on the U...


The five original members were Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They have recorded for several different labels over their long career. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group would later record for Bell/Arista Records ABC Records and Motown Records. Marilyn McCoo (September 30, 1943) is an American singer. ... Ron Townson (January 20, 1941 - August 2, 2001) was an American vocalist. ... Soul City, North Carolina is a planned new town first proposed in 1969 by Floyd McKissick, a civil rights leader and director of the Congress of Racial Equality. ... Imperial Records has been the name of at least three different record labels of the 20th century. ... United Artists Records was a record label founded by United Artists soon after its own founding in 1919 to distribute soundtracks from its movies. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... First US Bell Records Bell Records was the name of at least four different record companies in the 20th century. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ...


Some of the songwriters popularised by The Fifth Dimension later went on to careers of their own, especially Ashford & Simpson, who wrote "California Soul". The group is also notable for having more success with the songs of Laura Nyro than Nyro did herself, particularly in the cases of "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," and "Save The Country". A career is a course of successive situations that make up some activity. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... California Soul is a pop-soul tune written by Ashford & Simpson, issued originally as a single by American pop quintet The Fifth Dimension in 1969 and covered by Motown vocal duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell the same year and was the duos last single together when released in... Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter and singer, one of the most influential musicians to emerge in the 1960s. ...

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Career

In the early 1960s, Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo, an ex-beauty pageant winner, got together with two other friends from Los Angeles, Harry Elston and Floyd Butler to form a group called the Hi-Fis. In 1963, they sang at local clubs while taking lessons from a vocal coach. In 1964, they came to the attention of Ray Charles, who took them on tour with him the following year. He produced a single by the group, "Lonesome Mood," a jazz-type song that gained local attention. However, internal disagreements caused Butler and Elston to go their own way, eventually leading to their organizing the Friends of Distinction. Marilyn McCoo (September 30, 1943) is an American singer. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), a pioneering American pianist and soul musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. ... Friends of Distinction are an American vocal group that experienced their greatest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...


Lamonte and Marilyn sought to build a new group. One of their friends was Florence LaRue, who had received training as a youngster in singing, dancing and violin, and who also won a beauty pageant award from Arthur Godfrey's show in her teens. About the same time she was approached to join the group, Lamonte recruited an old friend of his, Ron Townson, who at age six had started singing in choirs and gospel groups in his hometown of St. Louis. His grandmother fostered his career by arranging for private voice and acting lessons as he grew up. In his teens, he toured with Dorothy Dandridge and Nat "King" Cole, joined the Wings Over Jordan Gospel Singers for a while, and also played a small part in the film Porgy and Bess. He demonstrated his considerable skill as a classical artist by placing third in the Metropolitan Opera auditions held in St. Louis. After finishing high school, he worked his way through Lincoln University by conducting the school and church choir. After graduating, he organized his own 25-member gospel choir. Arthur Morton Godfrey (August 31, 1903 – March 16, 1983) was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer. ... Ron Townson (January 20, 1941 - August 2, 2001) was an American vocalist. ... Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922–September 8, 1965) was an American actress. ... Nat King Cole in The Blue Gardenia (1953) Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a hugely popular American singer and jazz musician. ...


Lamonte's cousin, Billy Davis, Jr., started singing in gospel choirs at an early age. He later saved enough money to buy a cocktail lounge in St. Louis, which he used as a base for experimenting with various musical groups. When he was asked to join his cousin's new group, he immediately said yes.


The members began rehearsing in early 1966 and took the name of the Versatiles. They auditioned for Marc Gordon, who headed Motown's Los Angeles office. Although their demo tape was rejected by Motown, he agreed to manage them and brought them to the attention of Johnny Rivers, who had just started his own label, Soul City Records. Rivers signed the group in 1966 on the condition that they update their name and image, and thus the Fifth Dimension was born. Their first Soul City single, "I'll Be Lovin' You Forever," was a flop, but a cover of the Mamas and the Papas' "Go Where You Wanna Go" climbed into the top 20 on both R & B and pop stations. Motown Records, Inc. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... Soul City was a British soul label run by David Nathan and Robert Blackmore from a record shop of the same name in London. ... The Mamas & the Papas were a leading vocal group of the 1960s, and one of the few American groups to maintain widespread success during the British Invasion, along with The Beach Boys. ...


Budding young songwriter Jimmy Webb supplied the group with their breakthrough hit, "Up, Up and Away," a top 10 hit in mid-1967, which won five Grammy Awards. The following year, the group scored major hit singles with Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Sweet Blindness" and received a gold record for their album Stoned Soul Picnic, which also included the Ashford & Simpson written "California Soul". In 1969, they had two number one singles: "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from the musical Hair and the Nyro composition "Wedding Bell Blues." Later hits included "One Less Bell To Answer" (1970), "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes," "Never My Love" (1971) and "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" (1972). Jimmy Webb (born August 15, 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma) is an idiosyncratic American popular music composer. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Laura Nyro (born Laura Nigro) (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter and singer, one of the most influential musicians to emerge in the 1960s. ... Nickolas Ashford (born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina) and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) are a successful husband and wife songwriting/production team, as well as being recording artists in their own right. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, sometimes incorrectly known as The Age of Aquarius, is a medley of the songs Aquarius and The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In) from the musical Hair, originally released by The Fifth Dimension as a single which held the number one position on the U... Hair, subtitled The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is a musical about hippies and was a significant part of the drug, music and peace-love culture of the 1960s. ...


In 1975, McCoo and Davis, who became husband and wife while with the group, left the group to do both collective and individual projects. They went on to have success singing as a duo after leaving the group in 1975, including "I Hope You Get To Love In Time" and the chart topper "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)." McCoo also served a stint as the host of the TV show Solid Gold. The remaining trio carried on with new members, and nearly had a hit in 1976with the LaRue-sung "Love Hangover"; unfortunately, Motown issued Diana Ross' own version shortly after the Fifth Dimension's hit the charts, and hers soared to the top of the charts. Strangely enough, the group signed with Motown not long after, releasing two albums in 1978. R'n'B singer Lou Courtney was in the group briefly between 1978 and 1979, Joyce Wright joined in 1979 and Phyllis Battle joined in the mid-1980s. The original quintet reunited in 1990 for a tour. Townson briefly left the group to try a solo career, but soon returned, as the group resigned itself to the nostalgia circuit; In 1995, the quintet of LaRue, Townson, McLemore, Battle, and Greg Walker recorded a new album, In the House, for Click Records. In 1998, Willie Williams replaced Townson, who died in 2001 due to kidney failure, due to complications related to his diabetic condition. Battle departed in 2002, to be replaced by Van Jewel. McLemore retired from the group in March 2006. In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Solid Gold was an American syndicated television series which ran from 1980 to 1988. ... Love Hangover was a very successful and popular single for legendary Motown diva Diana Ross when it was released in 1976. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ...

Sources: The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul ( Revised Edition ) - Irwin Stambler ©1989 St. Martin's Press, New York and All Music Guide to Soul ( article by Steve Huey ) ©2003 Backbeat Books San Francisco

Membership

McCoo and Davis left the group in November of 1975. Since then, other members have included: Eloise Laws (Marilyn replacement) 1975-1975, Danny Beard (Billy replacement) 1975-1978, Marjorie Barnes (Marilyn replacement) 1976-1977, Terri Bryant (Marilyn replacement) 1978-1979, Mic Bell (Ron replacement) 1978-1979, Lou Courtney (Billy replacement) 1978-1979, Pat Bass (Marilyn replacement) 1979, Tanya Boyd (Marilyn replacement) 1979, Joyce Wright Pierce (Marilyn replacement) 1979-1986 and 1987, Michael Procter (Billy replacement) 1979-1988, Estrelita (Marilyn replacement) 1986, Phyllis Battle (Marilyn replacement) 1988-2001, Eugene Barry-Hill (Billy replacement) 1989-1992, Greg Walker (Billy replacement) 1993-2006, Willie Williams (Ron replacement) 1998-present, Van Jewell (Marilyn replacement) 2002 and 2004, Julie Delgado (Marilyn replacement) 2002-2003, Jamila Ajibade (Marilyn replacement) 2005-2006 and 2007-present, Leonard Tucker (Billy replacement) 2006-present, Valerie Davis (Marilyn replacement) 2006-2007, Michael Mishaw (Lamonte replacement) 2006-present. Marilyn McCoo (September 30, 1943) is an American singer. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Jersey City within New Jersey. ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Renal failure is when the kidneys fail to function properly. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Discography

Singles

Some of The Fifth Dimension's most famous hit singles include: In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ...

  • "Up, Up and Away"
  • "One Less Bell to Answer"
  • "Wedding Bell Blues"
  • "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (their biggest hit, number one for six weeks in 1969)
  • "Paper Cup"
  • "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All"
  • "Stoned Soul Picnic"
  • "California Soul"
  • "Workin' on a Groovy Thing"
  • "If I Could Reach You"
  • "Love's Lines, Angles And Rhymes"
  • "Never My Love"
  • "A Love Like Ours/Puppet Man"

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, sometimes incorrectly known as The Age of Aquarius, is a medley of the songs Aquarius and The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In) from the musical Hair, originally released by The Fifth Dimension as a single which held the number one position on the U... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...

Albums

Collage of various covers of The 5th Dimension's albums

Up, Up and Away is the debut album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... The Magic Garden is the second album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... Stoned Soul Picnic is the third album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1968 (see 1968 in music). ... The Age of Aquarius is the fourth album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1969 (see 1969 in music). ... Portrait is the fifth album by American pop group The 5th Dimension, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Loves Lines, Angles and Rhymes is the sixth album by American pop group The Fifth Dimension, released in 1971. ... Earthbound is the twelfth album by American pop group The Fifth Dimension, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Trivia

  • The Fifth Dimension appeared as special guests in a third season episode of It Takes a Thief, "To Sing a Song of Murder" (originally televised February 23, 1970). In this episode, one of their songs, One Less Bell To Answer, included a special chord that could trigger a bomb.
  • Hip hop artist Kurious sampled the single "Stoned Soul Picnic" for his song "Nikole" on the 1994 album A Constipated Monkey.
  • The band is (possibly) namechecked in the episode 'Parallel Universe' of the British sitcom Red Dwarf. On being told that the ship has been transported through the fifth dimension, Lister asks, "Didn't they get to number six with 'Baby I Want Your Love Thing'?" - though The Fifth Dimension never released a song with this title.
  • The song Wedding Bell Blues was featured on the 100th episoide of the Gilmore Girls as Emily and Richard's second wedding song.

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External links


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