The 5th Dimension is an vocal group that sings American popular music. They are also into pop, R&B, soul, and jazz.
The 5th Dimension was gained a lot of popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s by singing hits such as "Up, Up and Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "One Less Bell to Answer", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All", and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", as well as The Magic Garden LP recordings.
The band started off with Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They have recorded for multiple labels over their long careers. They first appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group would later record
for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records in that order.
Songwriters such as Ashford & Simpson, who wrote "California Soul" were popularized by working with The 5th Dimension and went on to careers of their own. One of the more interesting aspects of the group is that they managed to be more successful with songs written by Laura Nyro than Nyro did herself, particularly with "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", 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 perhaps best of all, they became great interpreters of the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who penned their original mega-hit "Up, Up, and Away", including an entire recording of memorable Webb songs called The Magic Garden.
The road to success for the band began in 1966. The members began rehearsing earlier that year and took the name of the Versatiles. They auditioned for Marc Gordon, who headed Motown's Los Angeles office. Motown agreed to manage them and brought them to the attention of Johnny Rivers, who had just started his own label, Soul City Records. Their first Soul City single, "I'll Be Lovin' You Forever", was a flop, but a cover of the Mamas & the Papas' "Go Where You Wanna Go" climbed into the top 20 on both R&B and pop stations.
Why are the 5th Dimension famous?
They are famous for many of their songs
Why do we like the 5th Dimension?
We like their album called Versatiles