Tag: 5th Dimension

Monday 6/28/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: 5th Dimension Top 30 Hits

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway – a melange referred to as “champagne soul”.

Formed as the Versatiles in late 1965, the group changed its name to “the 5th Dimension” by 1966. Between 1967 and 1973 they charted with 19 Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, two of which – “Up – Up and Away” (No. 7, 1967) and the 1969 number one “Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)” — won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Other big hits include “Stoned Soul Picnic” (No. 3), “Wedding Bell Blues” (No. 1), “One Less Bell to Answer” (No. 2), a cover of “Never My Love” (pop No. 12/Easy Listening No. 1), “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” (No. 8) and “If I Could Reach You” (pop No. 10/Easy Listening No. 1). Three of their records reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Rhythm & Blues/Soul chart. Five of their 19 Top 20 hits on the Easy Listening chart reached number one.

The five original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence La Rue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several labels over their careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.

Some of the songwriters popularized by the 5th Dimension 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 with “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Blowin’ Away” and “Save the Country”. The group also recorded songs by well-known songwriters such as “One Less Bell to Answer”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who wrote their hit “Up – Up and Away”. The group’s 1967 LP The Magic Garden features all but one song composed by Webb.

1Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)1969
2Wedding Bell Blues1969
3Up, Up and Away1967
4(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All1972
5Sweet Blindness1968
6Workin’ on a Groovy Thing1969
7Blowing Away1969
8One Less Bell to Answer1970
9Never My Love1971
10Save the Country1970
11Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes1971
12Together Let’s Find Love1971
13Puppet Man1970
14Stoned Soul Picnic1968
15If I Could Reach You1972
16Ashes to Ashes1973
17Light Sings1971
18On the Beach (In the Summertime)1970
19Paper Cup1967
20Go Where You Wanna Go1966
21Carpet Man1968
22Flashback1973
23Everything’s Been Changed1973
24The Girls’ Song1970
25California Soul1968
26The Declaration1970
27No Love in the Room1975
28Love Hangover1976
29Another Day, Another Heartache1967
30A Change Is Gonna Come/People Got to Be Free1970

Monday 5pm ET: Feature Artist – 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera, and Broadway—the melange was coined as “Champagne Soul”.

Formed as The Versatiles in late 1965, the group changed its name to the hipper “the 5th Dimension” by 1966. They became well known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for their popular hits: “Up, Up and Away”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “Never My Love”, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and The Magic Garden LP.

The five original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence La Rue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.

Some of the songwriters popularized by the 5th Dimension 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 with “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Blowin’ Away”, and “Save the Country”. The group also recorded songs by well-known songwriters such as “One Less Bell to Answer”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who wrote their hit “Up, Up and Away”. The group recorded an album composed almost entirely of Webb songs called The Magic Garden.

The 5th Dimension’s producer, Bones Howe, used Bob Alcivar as the singers’ vocal arranger, as well as instrumental backing by the Wrecking Crew for their recording sessions.

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

VRPMFP#musicforpeace – Sunday at noon we start our three hour special dedicated to the concept of Music for peace.  Living in the past as I do, I’m linking this to concept of Peace through Understanding – the theme for the 1964-65 world’s fair.  With a special thanks to Marci Geller for coming up with the concept – because we need it now more than ever…  Here are some of the artists featured today.  Jeff Buckley, Tom Clay, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Glory Rhodes, 5th Dimension, Four Tops, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy Cliff,  John Lennon, Beatles, Chambers Brothers, Isla Grant, Cat Stevens, The New Seekers, Big Sean, Perry Como, Drifters, Temptations, Louis Armstrong, Rodger Whitaker – New World In The Morning — with Marci Geller.

 

Artist Countdown: 5th Dimension w/ McCoo & Davis Jr. Top 35 Hits 7pm ET @radiomax

5thDImensionThe 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes pop, R&B, soul, and jazz.
Originally known as The Hi-Fi’s, the group changed its name to The 5th Dimension in late 1966 and was best-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for popularizing the hits “Up, Up and Away”, “Stoned Soul Picnic“, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “Wedding Bell Blues“, “One Less Bell to Answer“, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and The Magic Garden LP.

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 careers. 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.
Some of the songwriters popularized by The 5th Dimension 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 with “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Blowin’ Away”, and “Save the Country”. The group also covered music by well known songwriters such as the song “One Less Bell to Answer”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who penned their hit “Up, Up and Away”, including an entire recording of Webb songs called The Magic Garden. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
2 Wedding Bell Blues
3 One Less Bell to Answer
4 (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All
5 Workin’ On a Groovy Thing
6 Never My Love (live)
7 You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)
Marylyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
8 Stoned Soul Picnic
9 If I Could Reach You
10 Up, Up and Away
11 Blowing Away
12 Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes
13 Save the Country
14 Together Let’s Find Love
15 Sweet Blindness
16 Ashes to Ashes
17 Go Where You Wanna Go
18 Too Poor to Die
19 Carpet Man
20 Living Together, Growing Together
21 The Girls’ Song
22 Paper Cup
23 Puppet Man
24 Light Sings
25 On the Beach (In the Summertime)
26 California Soul
27 Flashback
28 Everything’s Been Changed
29 The Declaration
30 No Love In the Room
31 Love Hangover
32 Another Day, Another Heartache
33 A Change Is Gonna Come/People Got to Be Free
34 There’s Nothin’ Like Music
35 Harlem