Saturday, March 19, 2005

News : Still up and away with 5th Dimension

The Fifth Dimension

Still up and away with 5th Dimension:

"'Jimmy Webb was this young songwriter who couldn't sell his songs because they were labeled too pretty and too different,' LaRue recalled. 'At the time, psychedelic music was very popular. Jimmy had written this beautiful ballad, 'Up, Up & Away.' That song and the subsequent arrangement was so beautiful we bridged the gap between the adults and the young people,' she said.

Arguably the group's signature song, 'Up, Up & Away' won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including record of the year.

Over the next two years, the 5th Dimension scored chart toppers again and again: 'Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,' 'Stoned Soul Picnic,' 'Sweet Blindness,' 'Wedding Bell Blues' and 'Save the Country,' the last four written by the late Laura Nyro.