The 5th Dimension
Bringing a unique mixture of diverse talent to the group, Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Florence LaRue and Ron Townson combined their jazz, opera, R&B, gospel and dancing experience to form The 5th Dimension.
Discovered by recording star Johnny Rivers in 1966 and signed to his Soul City Records, a few months later in 1967 The 5th Dimension had their first hit with “Go Where You Wanna Go” and landed in the top ten with “Up-Up And Away”. “Stoned Soul Picnic” reached the top five in 1968 and in early 1969 a song from the Broadway rock musical “Hair” gave them their first #1 chart topper “Aquarius”.
In that same year as Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo exchanged wedding vows, “Wedding Bell Blues” followed with their second #1. Peaking at #2 on the charts in 1970 they hit with, “One Less Bell to Answer”. “Never My Love” hit in 1971 and a year later two more top ten charters, “Last Night, I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All” and “If I Could Reach You”.
In 1976, as a duo Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis topped the chart at #1 with, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star to be in My Show”.
McCoo & Davis continue to entertain and The 5th Dimension have been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ron Townson died in 2001.