1977 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. – Your Love
From 1967 to 1974, the 5th Dimension released twelve top twenty singles. Two of them reached the top of the Hot 100, and three more also made it to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Two of the singers, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., became married to each other. In 1975, they decided to leave the group and continue performing as a duo while also sometimes releasing solo work.
Their first single, I Hope We Get To Love In Time, barely reached #91 on the Hot 100 before completely falling off the chart. Their second single, You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) did much better; they released the record in 1976 and it reached the top of the Hot 100 in early 1977. They not only earned a gold record for selling over a million copies of the record, they also won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
CBS booked them to host their own Summer variety show that year. It was accurately named The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Show. No other African-American couple had ever before hosted a US television network show.
Their follow-up to that success, Your Love, stalled at #15 on the Hot 100.
A pair of additional albums failed to produce much success, and the two concentrated more on solo careers in the early eighties. Marilyn hosted the syndicated television show Solid Gold for most of the eighties and also began acting in films.
Billy and Marilyn have remained married for over fifty years.
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