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DPO POPS OPENER WILL TAKE YOU UP, UP & AWAY WITH MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR

Opening concerts of Kettering Health Network SuperPops series October 8-9 feature lead vocalists from the 5th Dimension

 

DAYTON OH (September 24, 2010) – The Grammy-award winning couple of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. will open the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2010-2011 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series on Friday and Saturday, October 8 & 9, at 8 p.m. both nights at the Schuster Center.

As lead vocalists of the smash 60s group The 5th Dimension, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. recorded such classics as “Up, Up & Away,” “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and other well-known hits. After a decade with The 5th Dimension, they established themselves as a duo and had an immediate success with the single, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show).” The song was a #1 hit and earned them a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group. They went on to further success in recording and on television, including Marilyn’s five years as host of the popular 1980s music program, “Solid Gold.”

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. will join with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Neal Gittleman to perform all their chart-topping songs. To open the program, Neal and the DPO will join with three vocalists from the USAF Band of Flight – MSgt Shawn Stanley, TSgt Felita Rowe, and SSgt Terra Mason – to perform a variety of music inspired by flight. “Up, Up & Away” indeed!

Tickets for the concerts range from $26 - $76 and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

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About Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. have enjoyed tremendous success through the years as recording artists, performers and authors. They have received 7 Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and 3 platinum records and enjoyed starring roles on television and stage. They have performed sold-out concerts around the world.

This year the husband and wife team are celebrating their 40th anniversary of marriage on July 26th. In 2004, the couple wrote a book, which shares their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood. It’s entitled UP, UP AND AWAY…HOW WE FOUND LOVE, FAITH AND MARRIAGE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. In it, they talk about how they met, their successful musical careers and their major struggles behind closed doors. Their book offers practical marriage advice and spiritual encouragement along the way. The positive response to their story has encouraged them to begin work on a second, more in-depth project consisting of steps for strengthening togetherness and making your relationship flourish in today's hectic, demanding pace.

McCoo & Davis recently released an interactive CD entitled THE MANY FACES OF LOVE. It's a collection of love songs, hits from their musical era of the 60s & 70's, which explore the various aspects of relationships. The songs were written by the top songwriters of the period: Bacharach & David, Michel LeGrand and Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Ashford & Simpson and Holland, Dozier & Holland, to name a few. The CD's unique interactive features include videos, interviews, rare photos and more.

In recognition of their over 40 years in the entertainment business, McCoo & Davis have put together a 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TOUR. They are performing a musical tribute to the hits and productions that have made up their multi-faceted careers at performing art centers, casinos and other venues around the country.

As lead vocalists of one of the top singing groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s, The 5th Dimension, Billy & Marilyn recorded such classics as UP, UP & AWAY, AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN, WEDDING BELL BLUES, ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER, STONED SOUL PICNIC and other chart toppers.

After a decade with The 5th Dimension, they decided to leave the group and establish themselves as a duo. They had immediate success with the single, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STAR (TO BE IN MY SHOW). It was a #1 hit and earned them a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group.

That success peaked network interest and CBS-TV premiered THE MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS, JR. SHOW as a prime-time summer series in 1977. Marilyn & Billy entered the 80’s as an international success. They headlined in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City, played to SRO crowds in concerts across the country and won the prestigious Grand Prize at the international Tokyo Music Festival. Back home, they were sought-after guests for every major television show.

In addition to the success they’ve had together, Marilyn & Billy have also enjoyed solo pursuits. McCoo hosted the popular 1980’s television music series, SOLID GOLD, for 5 years and Davis had the chance to realize a lifelong dream to record a religious album with gospel great, the Rev. James Cleveland, entitled, “Let Me Have a Dream”. He also began to explore theatrical opportunities, starring in the hit musical, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre and in the role of James “Thunder” Early in a regional production of DREAMGIRLS.

In the early 90’s, Billy & Marilyn joined the original members of The 5th Dimension for a special reunion tour, and in August, 1991, the group was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In 1997, Arista Records released an anthology CD of the group’s hit releases entitled UP, UP & AWAY: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Also in the 90’s, Marilyn fulfilled one of her lifelong ambitions by appearing on Broadway in the revival of the musical SHOW BOAT, starring in the role of Julie.

Beginning in the late ‘90’s, the couple starred in a musical celebration of the great duets of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s called, IT TAKES TWO. They also participated in a special production for Duke Ellington’s Centennial, the highly acclaimed, HIT ME WITH A HOT NOTE!-THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONGBOOK, which also toured the country.

Billy & Marilyn continue to maintain a demanding schedule between performing in concerts, churches and speaking. They recently had recurring roles on the popular TV series, THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW, on WB, playing the affluent parents of Jamie’s girlfriend. With the release of their book, they have also begun speaking at marriage seminars, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experiences.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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