Bringing a unique mixture of diverse talent to the group, Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, Florence LaRue and Ron Townson combined their jazz, opera, R&B, gospel and dancing experience to form The 5th Dimension.
Discovered by recording star Johnny Rivers in 1966 and signed to his Soul City Records, a few months later in 1967 The 5th Dimension had their first hit with “Go Where You Wanna Go” and landed in the top ten with “Up-Up And Away.” “Stoned Soul Picnic” added more gold in 1968 and in early 1969 a song from the Broadway rock musical “Hair” gave them their first #1 chart topper “Aquarius.”
In 1969 as Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo exchanged wedding vows, “Wedding Bell Blues” followed with their second #1. Peaking at #2 on the charts in 1970 they hit with, “One Less Bell to Answer.” “Never My Love” hit in 1971 and a year later two more top ten charters, “Last Night, I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All” and “If I Could Reach You”.
In 1976, as a duo Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis topped the chart at #1 with, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star to be in My Show”.
In 2001 Ron Townson died due to diabetes-related kidney failure.
The 5th Dimension have been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009..