This Day in Black History: June 26, 1938

This Day in Black History: June 26, 1938

Billy Davis Jr., singer and member of the 5th Dimension, was born in St. Louis on June 26, 1938.

Published June 26, 2013

Billy Davis Jr. was a singer and one of the founding members of the group the Fifth Dimension, a five-member vocal group that was highly popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The group, which also included Davis' wife, Marilyn McCoo, was known for its soul and pop skill.

Davis was born in St. Louis and began performing professionally at age 11. He first formed a vocal group called the Emeralds, which evolved into the Saint Gospel Singers, and toured the Midwest for five years during the summer months. He later formed the Fifth Dimension with four other singers and married McCoo in 1969. The two had hit records in 1976 and 1977 with "I Hope We Get to Love in Time," "Your Love" and "You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show),” which won a Grammy Award in 1977.

For a short time, the couple had their own television show, The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show. He and McCoo recently wrote a book about their lives entitled Up, Up & Away: How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World.


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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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