The Fifth Dimension
The Fifth Dimension was formed in the early 1960s by Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo, a former beauty queen. They got together two other friends from Los Angeles, Harry Elston and Floyd Butler and originally named their group the Hi-Fis. The name Fifth Dimension was only adopted later on in 1966 and under the new name, the five original members included Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson.
From 1966 right up to 1976, the Fifth Dimension released a total of 22 albums which contained multiple chart topping singles.
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.
The Fifth Dimension was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. They also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, inducted on March 18, 2010.