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McCoo & Davis: Summer of Love at Feinstein’s, San Francisco in August!

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, San Francisco is thrilled to announce the appearances of…

MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS, JR.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 8 P.M.;

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 8 P.M.;

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 7 P.M.

TICKETS: $65 – $110

For tickets, go to events at: http://www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com/calendar/

Grammy Award-winning and gold & platinum-selling duo, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., will celebrate their multifaceted 5 decade career in a show that includes R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Blues and Pop. As the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group The 5th Dimension, they launched champagne and pop/soul classics including “Up, Up and Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Worst That Could Happen,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Sweet Blindness,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and “One Less Bell to Answer.” After leaving the group, Marilyn & Billy recorded “You Don’t Have to be a Star,” a chart topping #1 record which earned them their 7th Grammy Award and a television series on CBS.

Enjoy this FOREVER 5th DIMENSION slide show of Marilyn & Billy, today with some fun “throwbacks,” too!

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Visit Marilyn & Billy at http://www.mccoodavis.com; or at their official FB page or on Twitter @mccoodavis

(Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno, a production of The Soul of the Voice, Ltd., copyright 2018-17, all rights reserved)

Forever 5th Dimension–Greatest Hits of ’16!

year-end-collage-16-revisedI was on the radio with LaMonte McLemore this past spring talking with broadcasting great Jimmy Howes of WGHT and we all came to a simultaneous revelation–not that “The Declaration” somehow foreshadowed “Hamilton” (although we did and it did!), but that “Mac,” Florence (and The current 5th Dimension) and Marilyn & Billy are still here, as vibrant as ever, doing their “groovy thing”…spreading “sunshine”…with “love lines” in every note sung, every interview they do. To the special fans–we who are considered friends, and part of “The 5th Family”–that reality is a true blessing to celebrate. And so we bring you our annual “Greatest Hits” review of ’16 (in no particular order) as we look forward to a new year in grace, with “balloons, picnics and bells” ringing us in! And we also toast the dawning of our 9th year of FOREVER 5th DIMENSION, you’ve made us a global success and we are grateful. —Robert-Allan Arno, Biographer The Original 5th Dimension & LaMonte McLemore

COOL 5th BODY NOW THREEFlorence LaRue & The 5th Dimension continue to present their family-friendly, sophisticated n’ smokin’ evenings of “Champagne Soul” all over the country and the world. This past year, a concert in the Philippines was a highlight for the quintet which features Patrice Morris, Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker & Floyd Smith.  Our “delightful diva” is age-proof as she celebrates 50 years with the group and appears with today’s 5th on the top morning TV info-tainment shows, often.  Florence also did a mini-tour with Maureen McGovern and Freda Payne bringing joy this Christmas season. Ms. LaRue tells me with classy sass, “We have some catching up to do!”…you know our lovely lady and her abounding energies have lotsa’ sweet plans for ’17…of course, look for The 5th Dimension lead by Florence on tour…their authentic harmonies, all your favorite hits, are fresher than ever!  Just in–A sold-out concert in St. Petersburg started the new year on the perfect note; a Las Vegas evening on Sat. Feb 21 at the Cannery Casino Hotel continues the onstage “5th fab fun”!

Visit Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension for concert schedule and more at:  http://5thdimensionlive.com

Unforgettable Seven Gen BobMarilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., those eternal sweethearts of Rock n’ Soul, celebrated 47 years of marriage this past July.  They have been busy doing what they love best, touring with their contemporary concert presentation of Blues, Torch and Pop-Soul plus an all-new Broadway-like extravaganza, in many ways their musical autobiography titled:  “Up-Up and Away: A Musical Fable.”  Our “MarBill” appear frequently on radio and TV (a highlight was a visit to “Sandyland” on Sirius hosted by Sandra Bernhard this past spring) and are regular contributors to FOREVER 5th DIMENSION with their touching thoughts and astute commentary peppered all throughout our Blog entries.  I thank them wholeheartedly for their continued enthusiasm, care and wise mentoring!  Our favorite duo is already gearing up for their winter residency at the Colony in Palm Beach, Florida (Jan. 17-28), and for their 3rd Valentine’s weekend appearance in a row (Feb. 11-12) at the Orleans Casino Hotel in Las Vegas!

Read our FOREVER 5th DIMENSION Review of MarBill’s “Up-Up & Away:  A Musical Fable” at: https://forever5thdimension.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/marilyn-billy-bring-an-irresistible-musical-fable/

For up-to-the-minute concert news, visit Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. at their official FB page or at their website:  http://www.mccoodavis.com

mac-by-kenny–I probably talk to “Mac,” LaMonte McLemore who has nicknamed me “Rev. Arno,” nearly every day. We are bonded for life, my always suave “brother like no other” because of his hit memoir which I had the pleasure to co-author, “From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music,” still doing well, now in its 2nd edition.  Mac and I are always coming up with something to confer on, for instance his new song, a powerful anthem of peace, brilliantly produced by Lloyd Tolbert with sweet-soul vocal by Julio Hanson, is called “Cease Fire.” We’ve had much fun promoting this tune (its title is also a chapter name in the memoir), getting the message out to the media & the masses.  If you liked “A Love Like Ours” and “The Singer” (both penned by LaMonte), you’ll love his concept of “Cease Fire”–and guess what, Mac even does the spoken-word narration on the recording!  LaMonte has appeared on numerous radio /TV shows & podcasts this past year, a highlight was being featured in Kelly Wright’s uplifting “Beyond the Dream” series on Fox news.  About the new year, LaMonte says with his mischievously visionary smile, “Let’s do it bigger and better in 2017!”

book coverOrder “From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension” on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Hobo-Flats-5th-Dimension-Photography/dp/0692307362?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

J100Download “Cease Fire” at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/lamontemclemore

Join LaMonte McLemore on his lively Facebook page; Mac is on Twitter @lamontemclemore

–This concluding “greatest hits” entry is for you! complete-singlesBut first, a hurrah that just in time for the holidays, our friends at Real Gone Music released the comprehensive 3-CD box set:  “The 5th Dimension, The Complete Soul City/Bell Singles–’66-’75” available for order at:  http://shop.realgonemusic.com/collections/upcoming/products/the-5th-dimension-the-complete-soul-city-bell-singles-3cd-set  MeTV issued a very popular article, too this past year, perhaps the opposite of “completest” with “The Story of The 5th Dimension in 5 Glorious Songs” at:  http://www.metv.com/lists/the-story-of-the-5th-dimension-in-five-glorious-songs  And our pals at Rewound Radio have The 5th prominently on their annual year-end Top 77 Hits of All-Time survey with “One Less Bell” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” still riding high.  (Listen to Rewound on the net at:  www.rewoundradio.com)

And now, what’s on your personal “5th wish list” for the new year? Taking in some concerts with some post-show photo ops with Florence & crew or Marilyn & Billy…or wanting some more CD re-issues?  (We have a few things still in the vaults by the way, but that’s another story!) And for you left-fielders, we’re working to get some “unexpected” surprises on the horizon, too!  Stay tuned, friends & fans and immeasurable thanks to each & every one of you for your continued support. And to our stars…Florence, Marilyn & Billy and LaMonte…may you shine more brightly than ever!!no-jive3-men-try-this-3

year-end-personal(Photos: The Arno 5th McCoo/Davis Legacy Collection and courtesy General Bob, Andy Gard, DeniseRose Torres, Getty Images, “LaMonte art” by Kenneth Green; Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno is a production of The Soul of The Voice, Ltd, copyright 2008-17, intellectual property, all rights reserved.)

Vote: Rewound Radio’s Top 77

VOTE—Our friends at Rewound Radio are always so kind to the legacy of The 5th Dimension/McCoo-Davis featuring the hits, rarities, birthday salutes to the stars and fresh interviews & ID’s with Marilyn & Billy, Florence LaRue and LaMonte McLemore. Show your appreciation and VOTE in this year’s TOP 77 OF ALL TIME, it’s a festive, exciting tradition as the results are unveiled & played on Rewound  between Christmas & New Year, starting Dec. 26. This year, pick your TEN all-time favorite songs from the 50’s thru the 80’s…it’s fun & easy to vote at:

http://www.musicradio77.com/voting2016.html

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Hear Classics by The 5th Dimension and your other fave all-time artists of the Rock n’ Roll Era at Rewound Radio on the ‘net at

http://www.rewoundradio.com

And don’t forget to visit the stars for latest concert, appearance & project news!

RARE ALTERN 5thVisit Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension at: www.http://5thdimensionlive.com

Black White Columbus DayVisit Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. at their official FB page or at http://www.mccoodavis.com

HOBO Lamonte photogVisit LaMonte McLemore on FB, Twitter or Linked-In

With Love, from Marilyn McCoo

October 12, 2016

Dear Robert & Fans–our friends:

Thank you for my birthday gift, “Happy Birthday: Celebrating the Ultimate Marilyn” at the  FOREVER 5th DIMENSION blog. This is another one of your uniquely devised gift projects that make Billy & me feel so special and so appreciated–another example of your creative ideas and hard work! It’s an ideal way for you and our wonderful fans–our friends to say, “I love you!” You all took time out of your incredibly busy schedules to let me know your most favorite performances I’ve recorded over the years. Some of the suggested material was from live performances, captured from TV appearances–truly rare finds. All these combined to make a potential “Ultimate Marilyn” CD. Amazing! Thank you for the deep thought given to these songs.

Billy & I had a great time looking at all of these suggestions. They’re also wonderful ideas for possible additions to our future live shows. Billy has also kept the ideas he received from all of you for his birthday–songs that showcase his ability to sing soulful ballads and up tempo material, giving them the “Billy Davis Jr. treatment.” (Yes, I am a true fan of his gift. I’ve learned so much from him through the years, although no one can make you feel it like he does!)

We’re starting off 2017 with quite a month in January, sending much of our time in Florida (not a bad place to be in the winter!) We’ll be doing some “Up, Up & Away: A Musical Fable” concerts, and then changing pace to a more intimate setting in Palm Beach. We love switching back and forth; it keeps us on our toes!

It’s always a blessing to hear from you, our friends who we’ve known for so many years. We miss seeing you all as often as we used to, but it just makes our visits together now even more special.

Robert, we want to hear about all your latest projects when we talk. And we thank you always for coming up with such new wonderful ideas for us!

We’re wishing all of you a very special holiday season filled with love and opportunities to do what you enjoy most. May God bless all of you from now into the New Year.

We love you,

Marilyn & Billy

–Fans & friends, see the “Ultimate Marilyn Celebration” YOU contributed to here at the FOREVER 5th DIMENSION Blog: https://forever5thdimension.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/happy-birthday-celebrating-the-ultimate-marilyn/

–Visit Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. for the 7-time Grammy winners’ latest concert schedule, to shop for music and more at:  http://www.mccoodavis.com  Also, join them at their official Facebook page!

Forever 5th Dimension by Robert-Allan Arno, copyright 2008-16, a production of The Soul of the Voice, Ltd., all rights reserved.

A Tribute to Ron Townson

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1/29–On the birth date of Ron “Sweets” Townson, join us for our updated, 2016 “Forever 5th Dimension” celebration of the beloved singer, with quotes from his colleagues in song, at this link:   https://forever5thdimension.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/celebrating-ron-townsons-birthday/