Marilyn McCoo

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Marilyn McCoo

American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold add

Category: Music

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (80%), (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Saving All My Love for You, Billboard Hot 100, Gladys Knight

Linked to: University of California, Los Angeles, Eastern Michigan University

 

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Marilyn McCoo was born in 1943 add something

 

"'Marilyn McCoo"' is an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series "Solid Gold" add something


1962

In 1962, McCoo entered the "Miss Bronze California" beauty pageant where she came in first place add something


1966

She met Billy Davis, Jr. in 1966 when he established The 5th Dimension, called The Versatiles, which would include Ron Townson and Florence LaRue add something


1967

The group's first big hit was with 1967's "Up, Up and Away", written by Jimmy Webb add something


 

The song won four 1968 Grammy awards and was the title track to 5th Dimension's first hit LP add something


1969

Since 1969 she has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of The 5th Dimension add something

 

The group's cover of Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues", featuring McCoo's most prominent vocal of that period, topped the Hot 100 in November 1969 add something


1970

By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group's remaining chart-topping singles, "One Less Bell to Answer", " I Didn't Get to Sleep At All" and "If I Could Reach You." add something


1975

In 1975, McCoo and Davis left The 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo add something


1976

Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album, "I Hope We Get to Love in Time" add something


1977

They hosted their own television program, "The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr Show", on CBS in Summer 1977 add something

 

Their follow up, "You Don't Have to Be a Star " was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977 add something


1978

After one more album on ABC in 1978, the pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released "The Many Faces of Love", a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s add something

 

She was the first to record "Saving All My Love for You" in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston add something

 

Saving All My Love for You - It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album "Marilyn & Billy"


1980

The pair decided to go solo professionally in the early 1980s with McCoo hosting the popular American syndicated television series "Solid Gold" from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988 add something


1986

She created a successful nightclub and concert act, and went on to appear as Tamara Price on "Days of our Lives" in 1986, as a friend of Marlena Evans who sang at her wedding add something


1991

Her 1991 album, "The Me Nobody Knows", was nominated for a Grammy add something


1994

She released a Christmas album in 1994 add something


1995

My Name is Alice", "Man of La Mancha", and the Broadway production of "Show Boat" in 1995 through 1996 add something


2001

Gerald Levert - In January 2001, Gerald appears again in the series finale "Always and Forever" where Jamie and Fancy got married and sang the opening ceremony at the wedding and joined by fellow singers Gladys Knight and Marilyn McCoo


2004

The couple shared their story of love and faith in the 2004 book, "Up, Up and Away add something


2009

McCoo is married to fellow "5th Dimension" bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. On July 26, 2009, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary add something