Today June 26, we honor Billy Davis, Jr.’s special day. Our 7-time Grammy winning Gentleman of Soul has been regarded as a major “influencer” to such beloved luminaries as Maurice White and Gerald Levert of Earth, Wind & Fire and The O’Jays, respectively. Tunesmith Jimmy Webb considers Billy to be one of our all-time greatest singers…and of course, so does his lovely wife of soon-to-be 49 years, Marilyn McCoo. And you, the special fans all have your favorite “Billy solos” and vocal moments! Go on over, today to the Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (Official) Fan page on Facebook…then mention a few of your faves as you wish Billy a “Happy Birthday”…AND be eligible to win an autographed copy of Marilyn & Billy’s LIVE double-CD. (See rules at the thread!)
And @mccoodavis on Twitter (official), a page I’m so pleased to curate for our duo, we’ve been featuring a pre-birthday week Tweet-a-day with quotes from Marilyn & Billy and links to some very special “Billy solos”…we’re going to review them for you right now at FOREVER 5th DIMENSION, for your “Billy listening party!” Enjoy, as I personally wish to recognize a role model whose impeccable interpretations and gentle spirit reflect a state of Godliness that brings revelation and peace with each year I have the pleasure of knowing Sir Billy Davis, Jr. –Robert-Allan Arno
This past week, Marilyn & Billy Tweeted:
#BillyBDay Marilyn: We’re beginning our week-long celebration leading to Billy’s birthday by bringing you my husband’s special solos–my faves, his, & yours! For #TuesdayGroove the question is…are U “Feelin’ Alright?”
Listen here: youtu.be/x_O-hj-SbEw
#BillyBirthdayCountdown Marilyn: “When we were planning tunes for THE MANY FACES OF LOVE project, I thought the classic ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ would be ideal for Billy’s voice and style!” Billy: “And I’m so glad my wife suggested it!” Enjoy it here: https://t.co/K601FgNesF
#BillyBDayCountdown #ThrowbackThurs People tell us this particular song from the #IndividuallyandCollectively album has resonated for them over the years. Its title alone brings words to live by: “Leave a Little Room.”
Listen here: youtu.be/KDp2B_ac5Y8
#FashionFriday #BillyBdayCountdown We feature this mashup of “The Worst that Could Happen”/”Wedding Bell Blues” because quite simply, these Webb/Nyro gems never go out of style! Marilyn: “Billy’s interpretation of @realjimmywebb’s lyric is so powerful!” https://t.co/tlXEnB57N7
#SundaySunshine #BillyBdayCountdown Sing along with us as we “Let the Sunshine In” on this 1st Sunday of #Summer18! Listen here: youtu.be/afoIYhgJbI4
#BillyBdayCountdown Singing #SamCooke‘s “A Change is Gonna Come” over the years has been a blessing. When people comment on how my performance has moved them, I say: “That’s not me…it’s God working through me.” –Billy
Watch a special presentation here: https://t.co/PoRiOQHWjT
Summer Bonus! Enjoy this sweet-soul delight (one of producer Bones Howe’s personal faves!) from “The Magic Garden…”she’s a flower child,” #Summer’s Daughter: https://youtu.be/fA9ldtBG5FU
Lastly, Billy’s motto is “What comes from the heart…goes to the heart.” From the “Earthbound” album, here’s “Speaking with My Heart”: https://youtu.be/jABmrdv4Zoc
(Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno, copyright 08-18, a production of The Soul of The Voice, Ltd., all rights reserved)
Welcome to our “Stoned Soul” springtime review! As always, we immeasurably thank Marilyn & Billy...Florence & The 5th Dimension…and LaMonte for their enthusiastic contributions & support…we celebrate our 10th anniversary of FOREVER 5th DIMENSION in late July with some tasty “special events!” And to you, the worldwide fans, our appreciation for making this near-decade of “5th-fabulousness” a global adventure! Let’s catch up…
Marilyn & Billy started the new year with something they had looked forward to for a long time….a trip to Africa. They shared their journey on Twitter & Facebook (official)–starting in front of Nelson Mandela’s statue in Pretoria “with his arms open to the word” and ending at a Namibian village where they were warmly embraced. Along the way, snapping shots of the charming African penguins at Boulders Beach…elephants, baboons, giraffes, “We just loved how all the species seemed to live in harmony!” smiled MarBill.
On Twitter @mccoodavis–which I’m so proud to curate–Marilyn & Billy and I have put our heads together to bring you new features like #TuesdayGroove, #FashionFriday and #SundaySunshine! Recently, excitement was in the air when our duo congratulated James Reynolds on receiving the prestigious Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Many of you recall that Marilyn played the saucy, mysterious songstress “Tamara Price” on “Days of Our Lives” in the ’80’s, opposite Mr. Reynolds. Since their characters’ daughter, “Lani” has recently entered “Salem,” as played by the lovely Sal Stowers, fans are clamoring for an onscreen reunion between mother and daughter. We shall see!
(Pictured, Marilyn with James Reynolds mid-80’s; Marilyn meets Sal Stowers, this past Thanksgiving eve, LA Mission) And remember, we celebrate Billy’s birthday on June 26! Just in per MarBill’s Management: “Our friends at SiriusXM recorded Marilyn & Billy’s latest Soul Train Cruise performance along with a sit-down interview, which will air on Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day) at 6pm EST on Channel 49–Soul Town.”
Florence LaRue and The 5th Dimension simply sell-out wherever they tour! The family-oriented, ever sparkling Champagne Soul magic never ends with the vibrant Ms. LaRue in the lead–our “Delightful Diva” makes sure each show brings authentic harmonies, eye-catching costumes & choreography, warm patter, audience participation, and ALL the many, many hits! Check out the group’s constantly-building touring schedule for ’18 at this link and remember, tix sell-out quickly! Just in! Huge congratulations to Florence & The 5th Dimension for their outdoor concert performance in front of 10,000-plus fans on Sat. June 9 at the Manalapan, New Jersey festival! The group always looks forward to seeing YOU, the special fans:
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LaMonte…besides doing media in promotion of his popular 2nd edition memoir, “From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension” and his “viral hit” for world peace, “Cease Fire”…playing softball daily…and snapping the most candid yet professional photos wherever he goes…Mac’s passion is traveling the world with his lovely wife Mieko. Recent forays have seen Mac & Mieko in India, the Holy Land, and visiting Japan. LaMonte shares, “The Holy Land is my all-time favorite…the peace of God and His spirit of unconditional love was palpable, it fills my heart…forever.” Mieko adds, “I wanted LaMonte to see Japan…where I grew up. There have been many changes but family and friends endure.” With a “Right on,” a truly touched Mac wants to thank all the fans for their continued enthusiasm. In fact, LaMonte’s cherished mother who we are all welcomed to call “Mama June,” celebrated her 104th birthday on June 3rd! The outpouring of messages from fans, friends and family was truly a thing to behold on Mac’s Facebook page!
LaMonte, Mieko and adorable Mama June…104 years young!
Oh, and Mr. McLemore has a new dance tune…Ms. “Fanny Fine” is coming your way any day…details will be added here!
50 Years! June is known as #BlackMusicMonth and we close this edition by honoring a 5 decade milestone! June ’68 marked the single release of #StonedSoulPicnic, bringing #TheOriginal5thDimension R&B chart success as they made Platinum with the genius of #LauraNyro. In that legacy tune’s joyful spirit, let’s all “surry” til the next time we meet! –Robert-Allan Arno
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