By Sandra Rose  | 

Marilyn McCoo

Children of the '60s and '70s remember Marilyn McCoo as the beautiful, sultry lead singer of Grammy-winning R&B/pop group 5th Dimension. McCoo was spotted feeding the homeless at The Los Angeles Mission Thanksgiving Event -- as she does every year.

Today's singers can't hold a candle to eight time Grammy winner Marilyn McCoo.

McCoo, 75, was the main vocalist on the 5th Dimension's memorable hit songs "Up, Up & Away", "One Less Bell to Answer", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Wedding Bell Blues", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All", "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", and many more hits.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Marilyn spent her first 7 years in Columbus, Georgia before moving with her family to Los Angeles. There she learned to sing and took piano and dance lessons.

At age 15, she joined Art Linkletter's Talent Show and began modeling. After graduating from high school, she earned a degree in business administration at UCLA.

On the way to superstardom, she won the Miss Bronze California beauty pageant in 1962.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr

In the mid-1960s, Marilyn met her future husband Billy Davis, Jr., and she became a member of his singing group The Versatiles, which later became the 5th Dimension. The group also included Florence LaRue, Ron Townson and photographer Lamonte McLemore.

The group's first big smash hit was "Up, Up and Away", released in 1967. The song won four Grammys in 1968 and was the title track of the 5th Dimension's debut LP.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr

Marilyn and Billy will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 26, 2019.

5th Dimension - If I Could Reach You


5th Dimension - One Less Bell to Answer


5th Dimension - Stoned Soul Picnic


The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues


The 5th Dimension - (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep


The 5th Dimension - Up, Up and Away

Photos by FayesVision/, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images, Marekuliasz/Getty Images

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    They look really good, then and now. Wow. I can't place any of their songs, but I do remember them.

  • Jethro


    The 5th Dimension was talent upon talent. ??

  • pecancandy

    Fine looking couple.

  • pecancandy

    Columbus Georgia seems like a popular place.

  • Evillene

    Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are wonderful people and not at all "showbiz." I had the pleasure of meeting them at a benefit concert a few years ago and they were warm and down-to-earth. And can still sing the house down. Legends of Black Excellence.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Loved 5th Dimension! Class act.

  • Luv R

    She looks 25 years her junior ... #BlackBeauty

  • the guest

    She looks beautiful, she and her husband make such a beautiful couple!

  • Logan Roberts

    They look good together. I never knew she was in a group. I remember her from hosting Solid Gold. #Blacklove

  • PlayerP

    Dang Marilyn! Still golden!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Married 49+ years. You don't see that much nowadays. God bless 'em.

  • We Can Do This

    She'll still turn heads!

  • sherri2016

    Fancys parents from Jamie Foxx show

  • dontgetblocked

    She looks fabulous!

  • Chicagowise

    "Children of the '60s and '70s remember Marilyn McCoo as the beautiful, sultry lead singer of Grammy-winning R&B/pop group 5th Dimension."

    Children of the 80s remember her from her stint as the host of Solid Gold. Sandra, I can't believe you forgot to mention one of her best songs... If I Could Reach You... a song about the emotional perils of one night stands. ?

  • Yui

    I used to watch Ed Sullivan re-runs, that’s how I knew her and my momma’s old LPs.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Now that's a Beautiful couple!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Song, You don't have to be a star baby, to be in my show.

  • SandraRose

    I really only remember her from her time in the 5th Dimension. I never watched Solid Gold in the '80s. Maybe I was in college. But that's a beautiful song! Thanks for posting it. ? ?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    RIIIIIIGHT OK. I remember that song.

  • Dowoop

    Before my time but thank you for posting. Will definitely be looking up some more of her stuff.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Marlyn McCoo was so classy & elegant with a sultry voice to match.

  • Society Has Changed

    Back in the 70’s, she used lived down the street from me in Altadena. 5th Dimension ?? Loves me some classic soul!!!

  • Fodderwing

    Shivers. SHIVERS!!

  • Coffee1st

    ooh! forgot about her.
    my mom knew her - not best friends but knew each other's names/faces. she's taken care of herself......industry didn't get this one!!

  • Coy little wink

    You don't have to be a star, be in my show ?

    She is beautiful!!!! Thanks auntie you are taking me down memory lane...

  • R Smith

    She is georgeous! And, I didn't know Lamonte McLemore was a part of that group!

  • Li-Wright

    She's still pretty. How do you do that at 75? :)

  • indano

    Nostalgic! Thanks 4 this awesome throwback.

  • TransMichelle

    Marilyn looks fabulous.Marilyn and Bill have their priorities right. They don't hog the limelight and probably live as normal a life as possible.

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Children are a blessing, but this is what 75 looks like when you DON'T have progeny to WORRY about. FOREVER YOUNG.

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  • the chosen one

    I remember solid gold. Those were the good shows back then.

  • Chicagowise

    Darcel Wynne was everything!

  • SumthinSweeter

    Growing up when I was super little like toddler-pre-k age, I can remember my mom playing Up, up and Away & Wedding Bell Blues. Love those songs. And wow, the lead singer has aged to perfection.

  • Eileen

    Class untouched by crazy hollywierd!

  • Eileen

    Class ....pure Class!

  • Eileen

    Praise the Lord for that.

  • Eileen

    No scandals only pure Class

  • Chapter29Chick

    Auntie put all these videos up, she must be a die hard fan fr fr, nice sleeping relaxation misic if u ask me *shrugs*

  • cristalle1

    She is still a beautiful lady and very talented. I remember hearing my parents play some of these great songs especially Will you Marry Me? Thanks for sharing these throwbacks Sandra and honouring this classy lady.

  • cristalle1

    You are so right! Thanks for the memory!

  • Ghost

    Remember listening to their songs with my mother when I was little...I have let the sunshine in on my exercise play
    Iist ... she gorgeous!

  • Chicagowise

    Good genes, a good plastic surgeon or both. Whatever she's doing, I want her to bottle it, so I can still give fever when I'm 75!

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins


  • the chosen one

    Yes. I wish we had more shows like those.

  • rory

    So Beautiful!!!!

  • Guest

    Still gorgeous!

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Very pretty lady!!

  • EasyBreezy

    They both have aged well. I always liked them as a couple.

  • Disgustd

    I'm really old b/c I remember they had a variety tv show in the 70s or 80s too.

  • HelloToni

    This woman is beautiful. Thanks for posting the songs.

  • Sydni

    Still so beautiful.
    I remember her as the host of Solid Gold.