"People have asked when we plan to retire," Marilyn McCoo recently remarked about herself and hubby Billy Davis, Jr. touring on the concert, cabaret and even TV trail, "We don't see that happening anytime soon!" And so worldwide fans of the "dynamic duo," (who just celebrated their 42st wedding anniversary July 26th,) can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Miss McCoo's recent hip injury--from which she has made a complete recovery--has not hampered her indefatigable spirit nor sidelined the legendary couple's glowing presentation of romantic harmonies and shimmering Pop n' Soul with sizzling Blues n' Torch.
Hi, I'm Robert-Allan Arno, biographer of The 5th Dimension and I'm proud to honor Marilyn & Billy's return to the concert stage (in early June 2010, see 2011 schedule below*) with our latest production from The Soul of the Voice, Ltd. We feature what I think is the perfect tune for this auspicious event, the classic "You Make Me Feel Brand New"-- its title alone and theme of "counting one's blessings of the heart" is not only apropos but emotionally resonant. I personally was moved putting this together with many rare photos of Marilyn & Billy yesterday and today, knowing that their inspirational influence is...forever! The tune is arranged & produced by Scott V. Smith and is from McCoo & Davis's latest (interactive) CD of the greatest Pop-Soul Love Songs of a golden era, re-envisioned "the MarBill way," THE MANY FACES OF LOVE*.
*UPDATE 2012--You can now order THE MANY FACES OF LOVE, an autographed Collector's Edition at: http://www.mccoodavis.com
Just go to the band player on their homepage...and get a free song download too!!
And over at FOREVER 5th DIMENSION, the globally popular Blog-Magazine tribute to the stars of The original 5th Dimension at http://www.myspace.com/thesoulofvoice in our June Edition (available June 5th) we'll have the latest from not only Marilyn & Billy, but Florence & The current 5th and Lamonte, too--I recently spoke with all of them and each is "Workin' on their Groovy Thing!" with tasty projects certain to keep you smiling all summer (and more!) long.
And thank YOU, special fans & friends for your ever kind and savvy remarks about our FOREVER 5th/Soul of the Voice productions...we have much coming up..."Everything is Lookin' Up!"
(copyright May, 2010)
*Christmas Season 2010--Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. state: "Robert, please know how much we appreciate you and your involvement in our lives over the years. We still marvel at photos you collect that we've never seen before, they bring us joy and wonderful memories. Please tell our special fans that we're out there loving being back on stage and look forward to moving around the country to see them in 2011. We thank God for the blessing you all are to us. Love, Marilyn & Billy."
Many thanks from Robert with love & blessings to: Marilyn & Billy, Florence, Lamonte & Mieko. With appreciation to: Randall Jeffries, David Brokaw, John Caratelli, and Kenneth Green.
*Marilyn & Billy's concert schedule in 2010 included the following dates--
June 7/8th 2010--Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Fresno County, CA
Sep 10 2010--John A. Walker Community College, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Sep 11 2010--Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Oct 8 2010--Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio
Oct 16 2010--Cache Creek Casino & Resort, Brooks, CA
Nov 5 2010--Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
*And visit their exciting new Official Facebook page for the up-to-the-minute MarBill 2012 show schedule including select dates at Busch Gardens and The Colony in Fla. at http://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/McCooDavis
2011 Schedule included:
Feb. 9, 2011--Desert Symphony, Palm Springs, CA
April 8 -10, 2011--Disney World Epcot, American Garden Theatre, Lake Buena Vista, FL
April 12 - 23, 2011--The Colony, Palm Beach, FL
Oct. 1, 2011--Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Cerritos, CA
--plus July in Manila and the fall from England to California!
FOREVER 5th DIMENSION is a copyrighted production of The Soul of the Voice, Ltd., 2008-12. Photos contained in the Blog-Magazine and videos are from the Arno-5th Dimension-McCoo-Davis Legacy Collection, All Rights Reserved, not to be re-printed. Portrait of McCoo/Davis by Kenneth Green