- 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.
- A 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.
- Aquarius/ 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.
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