From the Land of Band Box Records

Two Fifths of a Dimension at CSU

March 30, 2014

Two Fifths of a Dimension In Fort Collins

These two photos were taken back in 1967 when I was a Junior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Roving student reporter Art Levy snapped these in the CSU Student Center before a performance by the group.  The Fifth Dimension were just coming off their hit record “Go Where You Wanna Go” which was penned by “Papa” John Phillips but was a hit only for the Fifth Dimension.  Their rendition sounded very much like a Mama & Papa release.  It went all the way to number 16 in early 1967.

The Fifth Dimension did not impress the R&B charts with any of their first five releases on Soul City records – none of them making onto the R&B charts.  They changed that when they released “Stoned Soul Picnic” which shot to number 2 R&B and number 3 Hot 100.  In later years they would once again fade from the R&B Charts but enjoyed a steady stream of Hot 100 hits – 30 in all.  Pictured are the female vocalists of the group – Marilyn McCoo and Florence LaRue.  Both of these women were multi-talented and both had earlier won beauty pageants.

Art Levy and I worked as interns to Channel 7 during our senior year (both journalism students).  We were probably considered pests for the station anchors Starr Yelland and John Rayburn.  I remember Fred Hobbs taking us under his wing – and the KLZ FM Jocks were kind to both of us as well.  Art would go on to become a national broadcast reporter – starting off big with his coverage of the native American uprising in Pine Ridge at Wounded Knee.


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