𝐖𝐞’𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐧é𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫 & 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟭𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬, 𝗮𝘁 𝟬° 𝗶𝗻 𝗔𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘂𝘀. In 1969, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝟓𝐭𝐡 𝐃𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐀𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐔𝐒 || 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐈𝐧 peaked for 6 week at 𝐍𝐨.𝟏 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. and the song listed at No. 66 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.”
For lyrics and names of group members, see below.
The song with it’s uplifting, elegance and tremendous harmonies, is a combination of two songs written for the 1967 iconoclastic musical Hair by James Rado (lyrics), Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music). Instrumental backing was provided by Los Angeles studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. The distinctive bass part was by bassist ✝Joe Osborn, 81 yrs (August 28, 1937 – Mound (Louisiana) – ✝ December 14, 2018 – Greenwood (Louisiana).
The 5th Dimension were notable for a sound that blended pop, jazz, R&B and gospel. The 5 original 5th Dimension members were (as in the video):
Billy Davis Jr.(lead singer), Marilyn McCoo (with brown hair), Florence LaRue, Lamonte McLemore (with yellow shirt) and with beard, Ronald Townson (founding member Townson performed right up until kidney illness forced him to retire in 1997 and died in his home in Las Vegas at age 68, † August 2, 2001).
The group has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted August 9, 1991. And the group was also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. The song was used in the movie Forrest Gump (1994) and covered by many artists: Diana Ross, Andy Williams, The Osmonds, The Ventures, Donna Summer, Ray Stevens, Cila Black.
“Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In”
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
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