Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode spotlights a group whose more than ten years of hits started in 1967.


Their music was a mixture of mainstream pop, rhythm and blues, soul, Broadway show tunes, Hollywood movie soundtrack songs, and even disco. They were everywhere on television during their peak period. You saw them on network variety shows and their own special. They portrayed themselves on a murder/mystery/action/adventure series episode.


And they chose their music wisely – drawing on some of the greatest songwriters of their era – especially Jimmy Webb, Laura Nyro, Hal David & Bert Bacharach, Ashford & Simpson, Neil Sedaka, and Paul Anka.  


As race relations evolved during the late 1960s and early 1970s, this singing group also made social action a part of several hit songs.


Their style was described as “champagne soul,” and we’ll serve up a sampling of all their vintage hit singles. They’re the 5th Dimension. Hear how they brought new dimensions to memorable music.


See the Fifth Dimension's complete hit singles discography on the "Musicology" page.