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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are Back: Former Stars of The 5th Dimension in the Studio Working on New Music

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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. — often referred to as "The First Couple of Pop and Soul"— are back in the studio making new music.

After making their return to the Billboard charts for the first time in nearly 40 years In 2021 with "Blackbird Lennon-McCartney Icons," which was released on former supermodel and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland's label EE1 BMG, the husband and wife duo are reteaming with its producer Nic Mendoza for an album the label says will be unique.

"This new music will be two records unlike any others," said kathy ireland Worldwide creative director Jon Carrasco and president Stephen Roseberry.

They added, "What we're hearing is exciting everyone," and said that the release of the new music would coincide with the couple getting their second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Receiving the star, which will make them the only Black artists to have two on the walk, is just the latest in a long line of accomplishments for McCoo and Davis, who begin their careers as the lead singers of iconic vocal pop group The 5th Dimension.

Founded as the Versatiles in 1965, the group had 20 top 40 hits on the Billboard charts. Its "Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)" from the group's 1969 album "Age of Aquarius" held No. 1 for six weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of that year. The group amassed 14 gold and platinum recordings during its time together.

Following their departure from the group in 1975, they began to record as a duo. Their debut album, "I Hope We Get to Love in Time," produced a chart-topping single in "You Don't Have to Be a Star (to Be in My Show)." It won them the 1976 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

They have continued to sing, act and perform in several mediums since then. Davis (84) had a successful gospel music carer and McCoo (79) was the emcee for television's Solid Gold for much of the '80s.

Recently they appeared in "A Waltons Thanksgiving" on the CW together and they will appear in the sequel, "The Waltons' Homecoming", airing on the Hallmark Channel on December 26. They also appeared in Questlove's Oscar-winning film "Summer of Soul," earlier this year.

"Marilyn and Billy continue to break new barriers and amaze with their bionic voices and talent," Ireland said. "It is a great privilege to represent Marilyn and Billy, the only artists who have sustained marriage, recording and television careers in the 1960s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2010s, and 2020s." 

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