1972 5th Dimension – If I Could Reach You
After reaching the Hot 100 for the first time in 1966, the 5th Dimension had a long list of records that charted. They even reached the top ten at least once every year for a half-dozen years.. Their streak ended when the hit If I Could Reach You reached #10 on the Hot 100 in 1972.
The next year the group released their last top forty single. Living Together, Growing Together peaked at #32 on the Hot 100. A few more singles reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart, where the group’s last entry came in 1975.
In 1969, two singers in the group, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, got married (and have remained married for over fifty years). When the hits slowed down, they left the group in 1975 to create music on their own. The next year they topped the Hot 100 with the single You Don’t Have To Be A Star. Marilyn became the host of the television music show Solid Gold from 1981 to 1984.
The three remaining members of the 5th Dimension repeatedly recruited two replacements and continued recording for a few years. All five of the original members reunited in 1990-1991. A series of groups with a constantly changing lineup that included at least one original member frequented oldies shows.
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