Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis Jr. Reveal Stories Behind The 5th Dimension’s Hit Singles

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Making their show rounds around SoCal this summer,  hit makers Marilyn Mccoo and husband Billy Davis Jr. of the classic R&B outfit [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The 5th Dimension[/lastfm] know a thing or two about hitting it big on the charts.

With dozens of charting singles since their formation in the ’60s including “Up Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and the hair-raising, feel-good tune “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In,” Marilyn and Billy continue to share their sweet sounds all over the country.

Checking in with the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show earlier, the musicians revealed some little known facts behind their hit singles and how the perfected the art of choosing the right music  for the group’s major success.

[pullquote quote="We said, well it will never be a hit, it's too pretty!" credit="Marilyn Mccoo on 'Up Up and Away' "]

The 5th Dimension found huge success in their hey day with their feel-good soul hits and helped popularize a number of songwriters by recording their songs, including that of the recently passed Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson.

They were best known for interpreting many Jimmy Webb hits, including a song that crack the top ten and became their first major hit, “Up Up and Away.”

Marilyn described the day Jimmy sat down at the piano and played the fresh song for the very first time for the group.

“He sang it for the group and all of us loved it,” she recalled. “We said, ‘well it will never be a hit, it’s too pretty!'”

But how wrong they were. “Up Up and Away” put the group on the map and paved the way for a number of other breakout out successes including their number one hits “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” and “Wedding Bell Blues.”

Marilyn and Billy are taking their show on the road and playing their many hits over the years for a couple of shows in the SoCal area. This Thursday through Saturday, August 25-27, you can see them live at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood at 8 p.m. Click here for tickets and information.

If you can’t make it to these upcoming shows, save the date for a fall show on October 1st at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Click here for tickets and information.

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