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The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose music was often classified as "Champagne Soul", blending pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway.

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", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All", and The Magic Gard ...read more

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose music was often classified as "Champagne Soul", blending pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway.

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", "(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 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 famed producer, Bones Howe, used Bob Alcivar as the singers' vocal arranger, as well as The Wrecking Crew, a renowned group of studio musicians including drummer Hal Blaine, for their recording sessions.

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Similar Bands: The Bells, Gary Puckett and the Unio n Gap, The Association, The Grass Roots, Laura Nyro

LPs
In the House
1995

High on Sunshine
1978

Star Dancing
1978

Earthbound
1975

3.5
1 Votes
Soul & Inspiration
1974

Living Together, Growing Together
1973

Individually and Collectively
1972

Love Lines, Angles and Rhymes
1971

Portrait
1970

The Age Of Aquarius
1969

2.5
3 Votes
Stoned Soul Picnic
1968

The Magic Garden
1967

3.3
2 Votes
Up, Up and Away
1967

Live Albums
Respect - Live
1995

Live!!
1971

3.5
1 Votes
Live! Plus Rare Studio Recordings


Compilations
The Ultimate 5th Dimension
2004

Greatest Hits On Earth
1972

Reflections
1971

The July 5th Album
1970

Greatest Hits
1970

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