“Sweet Blindness” Performed by The 5th Dimension (1968)

March 3, 2008


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Sweet Blindness – The 5th Dimension (1968)

Welcome March! A new month and new musical theme for me to post about. This month I will be sharing with you some of my favorite songs by vocal groups containing both male and females. I’m calling the theme “Co-ed Vocal Groups”. ? :-)

These groups have their own sound, which is nothing like a girl group or a guy group or a family group. The blending of voices is different, with it’s own unique choir-like beauty. I will start of with the fabulous 5th Dimension.

The genesis of the group was when Lamonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo, Harry Elston and Floyd Butler formed a group in 1963 called the Hi-Fis and sang at their local clubs while taking vocal lessons. Ray Charles then took them on tour with him the following year (1964) and even produced a single on the group. But internal conflicts in the group caused Butler and Elston to go their own way — forming the fabulously soulful group “The Friends of Distinction”. McLemore and McCoo formed “The 5th Dimension” and the rest, as they say, is musical history for both of those great groups.

The 5th had many pop hits during their hey day, which includes their most famous version of “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” from the musical “Hair” and “Up Up and Away”.

But those chart toppers are not my favorites by the group. My favorites included the tunes penned by Laura Nyro among a handful of others. The first of which I’d like to share here is “Sweet Blindness” from the group’s 3rd LP of the same name. This opening song on the Lp went on to peak the Pop charts at #13, the R&B Charts a 49 (wonder why so low?) and the Canadian charts at #15. Check out this Ed Sullivan performance of the tune. The sound isn’t great but I just had to let you see those groovy outfits!

Thanks for listening and reading.

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