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5th Dimension: Singing To Join People From Different Backgrounds

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During the decade of 60s, there was a great deal of racial confrontations and discriminations as part of social transformations in America. However, this issue did not impede that an African-American group introduced a highly pop/soul sound to captivate the ears of the people, with the purpose of putting negative thoughts and ideas about race aside.

The band in charge of fulfilling this was the 5th Dimension, whose members are St.Louis, Billy Davis Jr, Ron Townsend, LaMonte McLemore—were respectively opera, gospel and jazz enthusiasts—, and Florence LaRue and Marilyn McCoo. After having some minor hits, with “Up Up and Away,” they finally entered into the Pop and Soul Top 10, winning Grammy Awards for the song and the group. Besides producing wonderful hits, the 5th Dimension had the opportunity to appear frequently on television programs, catching the audience’s attention, thanks to their physical attractiveness, style, and mood.  What is really interesting about this group, it is their decision to create a medley of two songs from the musical “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” and “Hair,” which indeed became the longest best-selling song of 1969 and definitely made the 5th Dimension the top soul group in the world.

As time passed by, their music was focusing more on pop-oriented sound than harmonies, thus putting aside their soul music. Some of the most popular pop songs include “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Save the Country,” and “Never My Love.” In spite of having numerous hits, they also failed some songs. The 5th Dimension had to cope with the leaving of two members, which meant adding new artists to it. By 90s, there was a recompilation of the group to release the final album, “In The House", on Dick Clark’s label. Nowadays, such version continues performing.

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