Songs I Like A Lot: “Wedding Bell Blues” by the Fifth Dimension

Yes, I Know, It’s “Pop”, So It’s Kinda Lame, But I Don’t Care

This song is actually kind of an inside joke about the engagement between group members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. This wikipedia page says that when the song was recorded in 1969, they were actually engaged, but had yet to set a date. Their producer, Bones Howe, therefore thought it would be funny to record the song, which was written by Laura Nyro three years earlier. When performing this song on TV, as you can see in the video above, they would ham it up, her reaching out to him and pulling him closer, him giving the “uh oh, how can I get out of this” looks.

The song actually wasn’t released as a single until after a disc jockey in San Diego started playing it from the album, and once released, it went to #1 in the US for 3 straight weeks in October 1969.

The main reason I like it is McCoo’s voice: a lyrical, lovely combination of smoothness and power. Not real hard on the eyes, either.

Later, they formed a duo and had some hits of their own, like “You Don’t Have to Be a Star”, which is another song I should hate, but actually like.

And you gotta love this: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. are still married today, and even wrote a book in 2004 called “Up, Up and Away: How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World“.


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