Monthly Archives: December 2015

Merry 5th-mas Viewing! (2016 update)


As biographer of The Original 5th Dimension and LaMonte McLemore, I’ve often been asked why The 5th didn’t record a Christmas album or one “major holiday perennial.”  I went right to our pal, Bones Howe (The 5th’s Dimension’s Grammy-wining producer) for some insight:  “Robert, perhaps it was an oversight, but the group was so busy on the road and on TV, that my time with The 5th in-studio was very select…my focus was on getting hits and cohesive albums for them.”  LaMonte adds, “It’s my one regret, Robert. Studio sessions were of utmost importance to The 5th Dimension, we just couldn’t find the right time with our busy schedules to give a Christmas recording the justice it deserved.”  

And so friends, here’s an array of Christmas goodies post-Original 5th days, starring Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue, Marilyn & Billy Davis, Jr., and The 5th Dimension (today) from various TV appearances over the years! *Bonus: And Marilyn & Billy add new special commentary to the festivities, exclusively for FOREVER 5th!


Marilyn with Donna Summer, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

FLOR CHRISTMASHoliday Greetings from Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension:

marilynmccoo-billydavisjr NEW SESSION ALTMarilyn & Billy, “Mary Did You Know?”:

*Marilyn & Billy share:  “This is a personal favorite of ours!  We think this song may resurface again, perhaps in another format–we like it so much!”


Florence sings “My Grown-Up Christmas List” Live on West Coast Praze:

Recorded as a limited edition single over a decade ago, Florence expressed these sentiments: “The lyrics just spoke to my heart. More than ever, during this holiday season, we all need songs of healing and hope. ‘My Grown-Up Christmas List’ is just that anthem.”


Marilyn, Christmas in Washington, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”:

*Marilyn mentions:  “This performance was a cherished moment.”


A Solid Gold Christmas (many parts!) starring Marilyn McCoo and special guests Andrae Crouch, Crystal Gale, Laura Branigan, Sister Sledge, Marie Osmond, more:

Marilyn & Billy with Mel Torme, “Jingle Bells” plus a “Sleigh Ride” bonus:
*MarBill express with enthusiasm–
Billy: “This was from a PBS special.  Working with Mel was a highlight of our careers! “
Marilyn:  “I mean as former members of The 5th Dimension, we didn’t want to not be on top of our harmony game! (both laugh) Mel’s spontaneity and creativity really kept us on our toes!  We were challenged…”
Billy: “…and very pleased with the outcome.”

Some cute holiday dancin’ fun with The Original 5th Dimension (from Forever 5th Dimension and Jib-Jab!): 


*Marilyn & Billy sum it up so beautifully:  “Robert, you’ve provided links to some of the lesser known but truly important (artistically) performances our our careers.  Thank you for the time, thought and energy you put into the chronicling of Florence’s, LaMontes’, Ronald’s and our lives.  You are a blessing!”

Fans & friends, thank you for “tuning in” to the FOREVER 5th DIMENSION blog, entering our 9th year.  The continued enthusiastic support from you and our stars–Marilyn & Billy, Florence, and LaMonte is both heartwarming and exhilarating! It’s been an exciting year, and we’ll be featuring our “Greatest Hits of 2016” countdown right here, between Christmas & New Year. 

With Holiday Warmth,

Robert-Allan Arno



It’s a holiday tradition, Marilyn McCoo’s White Christmas, available at

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(Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno, a production of The Soul of The Voice, Ltd., copyright ’08-16, intellectual property, all rights reserved.)


Marilyn & Billy Shine in “The Colors of Christmas”

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Our good friend, DeniseRose Torres shares these stunning photos of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. onstage with the San Fransisco Symphony as part of The Colors of Christmas tour…sold out, and soul-ed out!

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Songs included: “One Less Bell to Answer”–Marilyn, “You Don’t Have to be a Star”–MarBill, “O Holy Night”–Marilyn,  Medley: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,”–MarBill, Medley: “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep” (Marilyn)/”The Worst that Could Happen” (Billy), “Go Tell It on the Mountain”–Billy, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”–Marilyn with Peabo Bryson, Medley: “Up-Up and Away”/”Joy to the World,” –complete cast including Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Bebe Winans and Marilyn & Billy.


“One Less Egg to Fry”  (Courtesy Deniserose Torres, All Rights Reserved)


“Go Tell it on the Mountain!”  (courtesy Deniserose Torres)


l to r:  Billy Davis, Jr., Bebe Winans, Oleta Adams, Marilyn McCoo, and Peabo Bryson–the 2015 stars of The Colors of Christmas

Marilyn & Billy share:  “It was so much fun: Peabo, Oleta, BeBe–the best!”

Special thanks, once again to Deniserose Torres.

(Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno, copyright The Soul of the Voice, Ltd. 2015, all rights reserved)


“Hobo Flats” for the Holidays: Personally Autographed by Mac!

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Personally Autographed Memoir! Due to popular demand, for Christmas season, LaMonte McLemore will now be offering his hit memoir, FROM HOBO FLATS TO THE 5TH DIMENSION as told to Robert-Allan Arno, autographed & personally inscribed, for purchase. This is the revised 2nd printing with even more facts, a special birthday essay from LaMonte, plus the 5-star reviewed 12 chapters, 50 photos, recipe, Discography, Grandma’s tips & more!

Simply email: for easy details! Indicate MEMOIR in the heading.

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12/13  JUST IN!  Enjoy this new interview with LaMonte and Robert-Allan Arno at BroadwayWorld where Mac talks about Sinatra, The 5th Dimension’s Broadway influences, Champagne Soul and Grandma’s wisdom…it’s at