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Up Up and Away with The Fifth Dimension

Among their reportoir, The Fifth Dimension had a mixture of pop, R&B, soul, and jazz. They went on to become a popular American vocal group. Originally they called themselves The Hi-Fi’s and then in 1966 changed to The Fifth Dimension. They were very well-known from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

The original members of The Fifth Dimension were Bill Davis Jr, Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They sang the songs of well-known songwriters such as Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis. In early 1966 the group began working as The Versatiles however the first song they recorded didn’t make a stir. Then they chose to record a song by The Mamas & Papas “Go Where You Wanna Go”.

Their debut album was Up Up and Away and it included the popular song by the same name as the album. A young and upcoming songwriter joined the group Jimmy Webb and gave the group one of their greatest hits “Up, Up, and Away” which later won five Grammy Awards.

Their second album “Magic Garden” included a song by The Beatles ‘Ticket to Ride”.

The Fifth Dimension’s fourth album was The Age of Aquarius with another really great hit from the musical Hair hitting the top of the charts “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”.

Their fifth album Portrait included another popular song “One Less Bell to Answer”.

 The Fifth Dimension had an entire Ed Sullivan Show dedicated to them in February of 1971 for their fifth anniversary and sang all of their greatest hits. They briefly reunited in 1990 and 1991 for a tour. At present The Fifth Dimension is touring as The Fifth Dimension featuring Florence LaRue. They got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2010 and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

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