Thursday, January 20, 2011

He took us up, up and away

This is nowhere near the best clip we could find of the 5th Dimension, but it is the only one we could locate that highlights Ron Townson, the portly member of the group who was born on this day in 1941. Townson was often overshadowed by Marilyn McCoo and her husband Billy Davis Jr., ("I love you Bill and I always will") but they couldn't have been the 5th Dimension without the big fella.

Townson died in 2001 at age 68 of liver failure, but his voice lives on in videos like this.  Raise a toast to him and other members of today's Birthday Band:

Ron Townson (1941-2001): Singer, 5th Dimension
Up Up and Away, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, One Less Bell to Answer

Eric Stewart (1945): Guitarist, Mindbenders/10cc
Game of Love, Groovy Kind of Love, The Things We Do for Love

George Grantham (1947): Drummer, Poco
Pickin' Up the Pieces, Heart of the Night, Crazy Love

Paul Stanley (1952): Singer, Kiss
singer: formed group: Kiss [the clown]: Rock and Roll All Nite

John Michael Montgomery (1965): Country singer
I Swear, I Love The Way You Love Me

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