Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension – 1969

The 5th Dimension Aquarius Single 1969Originally known as The Versatiles, The 5th Dimension scored six Grammy awards but only two #1 hits, both in 1969.  This was their first: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.

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  • The 5th Dimension formed in 1965 and were originally known as The Versatiles.
  • Within a couple of years they were churning out the hits including: Up, Up and Away, Stoned Soul Picnic, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, Wedding Bell Blues (their second #1), and (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All.
  • Original members were Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, LaMonte McLemore, and Ron Townson.  While the band still performs but the original line-up lasted only until 1975.
  • The 5th dimension 2A number of songwriters owe their success, in part, to The 5th Dimension.  Some of these went on to forge careers of their own.  Notably, Ashford & Simpson and the late Laura Nyro.  They also recorded songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and Jimmy Webb
  • The 5th Dimension won six Grammy awards five of them for their first hit, Jimmy Webb’s, Up, Up and Away.

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  • This song’s full title is, Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures).
  • The song is a medley of two songs taken from the 1967 musical Hair.
  • A platinum single, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In was released in September 1969 and sat at the top of the US singles chart for six weeks.  It peaked at #11 on the UK singles chart.
  • The song is listed at #66 on Billboard’s list of the Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • The 5th Dimension’s recording of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In won the Grammy Award for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group in the 1970 Grammy Awards.
  • The 5th dimension 3Aquarius/ Let the Sunshine In has been covered by an number of 60s and 70s artists that include: Cilla Black, Engelbert Humperdinck, Andy Williams, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Osmonds, and Spencer Davis Group.
  • Donna Summer sang it when she starred in the German version of the Hair stage show – that was before she became the disco diva.
  • The Let the Sunshine In portion of the song has been adopted by soccer fans in Argentina to support their team.
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In lyrics.

aquarius/let the sunshine in – the 5th dimension – 1969 – video

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