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.