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The 5th Dimension Biography

Formed in 1965, The 5th Dimension was a musical group that developed a unique sound and became a pop culture phenomenon in the late sixties and early seventies. Originally consisting of five members, the group found success combining gospel, R & B, jazz, and opera with a taste of the flower-power vibe that defined the decade.

Originally called The Versatiles, the band got its big break when Marc Gordon heard their rejected demo at the Motown West Coast recording company. After becoming their manager, Gordon introduced them to singer Johnny Rivers, who signed the group to his newly formed label, Soul City, on the condition that they change their image and update their trite name.

Now known as The 5th Dimension, songwriter Jimmy Webb provided them with the song that became their breakout hit, 1967’s "Up, Up and Away." Reaching number 7 on the charts and garnering four Grammy Awards, the song had put the band on the map. The phenomenon of the 5th Dimension continued to grow with hits like "Soul Stoned Picnic" and "Sweet Blindness," but the group reached the peak of their success in 1969 when they recorded "Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In," after being inspired by an off Broadway production of the play Hair.

Throughout their career, The 5th Dimension had no less then 15 Top Forty singles, two Grammy Awards for Best Album, and a legion of adoring fans. However their popularity began to dwindle when, propelled by the success of 2 solo singles, lead singer Marilyn McCoo left the band with husband Billy Davis, Jr. to pursue a career as a duo.

Despite losing their biggest star, The 5th Dimension continued to perform throughout the 1980’s. A couple of mild hits barely broke into the top 40, and soon the end appeared inevitable. However, in 1989, McCoo and Davis rejoined the band to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After a reunion performance at the Trump Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on New Year’s Eve, 1990, they decided to go on tour again to capitalize on the renewed nostalgic interest in their group

Having performed for two United States Presidents, The 5th Dimension left an indelible mark on the history of Popular music despite appealing more to the pop crowd then the R & B / Soul aficionados throughout most of their career. By blending genres, they created a sound all to themselves that seamlessly combined styles to create one of the top selling acts, not only of their time, but of all time.
 
Dionne Warwick Biography

East Orange native, Marie Dionne Warwick, was born in the late 1940’s and began her illustrious career singing gospel music at her local church.  Despite humble beginnings, Warwick embarked on a career with on a string of chart topping hits staring in 1962 with "Don't Make Me Over," which made her a household name.

Her career was jump started when Burt Bacharach heard her singing alongside the Drifters. She subsequently agreed to sing for a set of demos Bacharach was recording. He played his demo for Scepter Records president Florence Greenberg, and although she was not interested in Bacharach’s songs, she was taken by the beautiful voice belting them out. This began Dionne’s relationship with the label, where for 12 years she made countless, classic hits.
 
All in all, Warwick and Bacharach collaborated on over 30 hit singles, including 12 straight Top 100 singles during a three-year period beginning in 1963. Her 1968 single, "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" made her only the second African American to earn the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance, the first being the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.

Outside of her successful recording career, Warwick has become a leading advocate for prevention and treatment of the AIDS Virus. In 1985, she gathered longtime friends Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John to record "That’s What Friends Are For," a colossal hit that donated it’s proceeds to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Besides generating millions of dollars for the cause, Warwick has also dedicated countless hours to a wide range of other humanitarian efforts. She served as US Ambassador for Health, and subsequently as Global Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Dionne’s multiple platinum albums, sold out concert tours, and numerous awards, her indelible musical status only begins to do justice to the music icon’s unique and creative force. She helped launch the Soul Train Awards, starred in the TV hit Dionne and Friends, and has designed numerous hotels and estates around the world as co-founder of and designer for the Warwick Design Group.

Today, Dionne Warwick remains a driving force and inspirational figure in the entertainment industry.  Despite all her accomplishments, Warwick remains as driven as ever, noting... “I still want the Tony, Oscar, and Emmy!”
 
The Carpenters Biography
 
The Carpenters were a brother-sister duo from New Haven, CT who became popular in the late sixties with their unique, overdubbed, soft-pop sound that served as a precursor to the adult contemporary and soft rock genres. Older brother Richard produced the group and played the piano, while Karen sang lead vocals and played the drums.
 
After moving with their parents to California in their early teens, the sibling showcased their talents throughout southern California without avail. In 1966 they began to attract attention after forming The Richard Carpenter Trio with Wes Jacobs and winning the Battle of the Bands competition at the Hollywood Bowl. The group was subsequently signed to RCA, but was dropped from the label without a single release.

Following a stint with Spectrum, the duo left the fledgling label and released Offering with trumpeter Herb Alpert’s A&M records. This marked the beginning of a career full of pop gems, memorable television appearances and prestigious awards. "Close to You" became their first #1 hit. Throughout the following decade, the Carpenters reached the peaks of superstardom, earning three GrammyAwards, compiling nineteen Top Ten hits and numerous more Top 40 singles.
 
However, the price of fame was high for the Carpenter siblings. In 1975, Karen collapsed on a Las Vegas stage, forcing her to confront a fierce battle with anorexia, a battle she sadly lost eight years later in 1983. Richard continues to write music and is still active within the recording industry. After a career spanning more then 14 years, the Carpenters made a permanent mark in the annals of popular music and have garnered praise from fans and musicians alike.