Purchase includes CD booklet signed by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. are founding members and lead singers of the original 5th Dimension. Marilyn & Billy left the group and won a Grammy award, which is among their collection of seven Grammy wins, with an even greater number of nominations. Billy Davis, Jr. has continued to attract attention as a soloist and a duo partner with his wife, Marilyn McCoo. The first Black married stars of a musical variety television program, The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show, in 1977, the icons are now recognized as the First Couple of Pop & Soul, with more hours and years of broadcast television than any other married African-American duo. The couple starred in a series of successful musical productions including the Duke Ellington tribute, Hit Me With A Hot Notes, and It Takes Two, a musical variety tribute to legendary soul duos of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Currently, they headline as the stars of Up, Up & Away! a musical fable, based on their lives and incorporating all of their classic music. Both starred in live musical theatre, Billy Davis Jr. as James “Thunder” Early in Dream Girls and Marilyn McCoo as the mysterious Julie on Broadway in Showboat. Marilyn hosted television’s Solid Gold for many years, with Billy as a regular guest star. Marilyn & Billy have each recorded heralded Gospel albums – Billy’s Let Me Have This Dream with Rev. James Cleveland and Marilyn’s The Me Nobody Knows. Although Marilyn & Billy tour regularly, BLACKBIRD: LENNON-MCCARTNEY ICONS is their first major studio album in three decades, and it is inspired by the turbulent and tragic experiences of lives lost in the ongoing struggle for human rights and equality.