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The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire includes pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera and Broadway—the melange was coined as "Champagne Soul." Formed as The Versatiles in late 1965, the group changed its name to the hipper "The 5th Dimension" by 1966. They became well-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for their popular hits: "Up, Up and Away", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Never My Love", "One Less Bell to Answer", "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All", and The Magic Garden
The Magic Garden
LP. The five original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ronald Townson. They have recorded for several labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/ United Artists Records
United Artists Records
recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group later recorded for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records. Some of the songwriters popularized by the 5th Dimension went on to careers of their own, especially Ashford & Simpson, who wrote "California Soul". The group is also notable for having more success with the songs of Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro
than Nyro did herself, particularly with "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Blowin' Away", and "Save the Country". The group also recorded songs by well-known songwriters such as "One Less Bell to Answer", written by Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
and Hal David, and the songs and music of Jimmy Webb, who wrote their hit "Up, Up and Away." The group recorded an album composed almost entirely of Webb songs called The Magic Garden. The 5th Dimension's famed producer, Bones Howe, used Bob Alcivar as the singers' vocal arranger, as well as The Wrecking Crew, a renowned group of studio musicians including drummer Hal Blaine, for their recording sessions.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Formation 1.2 Major hits 1.3 TV appearances 1.4 Regrouping 1.5 Reunion and departure 1.6 Today

2 Honors 3 Membership 4 Discography

4.1 Singles 4.2 Studio albums 4.3 Live albums 4.4 Compilation albums 4.5 DVDs

5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

Career[edit] Formation[edit] In the early 1960s, Lamonte McLemore
Lamonte McLemore
and Marilyn McCoo
Marilyn McCoo
got together with three friends from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
— Harry Elston, Lawrence Summers. and Fritz Baskett — to form a group called 'the Hi-Fis' (which later became 'the Vocals'). In 1963, they sang at local clubs while taking lessons from a vocal coach. In 1964, they came to the attention of Ray Charles, who took them on tour with him the following year. He produced a single by the group, "Lonesome Mood", a jazz-type song that gained local attention. However, internal disagreements caused Elston to go his own way, eventually leading to his forming the Friends of Distinction, with latter day Hi-Fis member, Floyd Butler. McLemore sought to form another group and started looking for members to join him and McCoo. McCoo, who had studied with the respected vocal coach Eddie Beal, had appeared in high school and college musical productions and was known for her way with a torch song. McLemore found Florence LaRue, who had received training in singing, dancing, and violin; and who won the talent portion at the Miss Bronze California contest, which McLemore was assigned to photograph. (McCoo had won the contest the prior year.) About the same time LaRue was approached to join the group, McLemore recruited an old friend, Ronald Townson, who at age six was singing in choirs and gospel groups in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. His grandmother fostered his career by arranging for private voice and acting lessons as he grew up. In his teens, he toured with Dorothy Dandridge
Dorothy Dandridge
and Nat King Cole, joined the Wings Over Jordan Choir, and played a small part in the film Porgy and Bess. He demonstrated his skill as a classical artist by placing third in the Metropolitan Opera auditions held in St. Louis. After finishing high school, he worked his way through Lincoln University by conducting the school and church choir. After graduating, he organized his own 25-member gospel choir. Another of McLemore's friends from St. Louis
St. Louis
days, Billy Davis Jr., started singing in gospel choirs at an early age. He later saved enough money to buy a cocktail lounge in St. Louis, which he used as a base for experimenting with musical groups. When asked to join McLemore's new group, he agreed, while hoping for a solo contract from Motown. Major hits[edit]

The group performing in 1970.

The members began rehearsing as the Versatiles in late 1965 and auditioned for Marc Gordon, who headed Motown's Los Angeles
Los Angeles
office. Although Motown
Motown
rejected the group's demo tape, Gordon agreed to manage them and brought them to the attention of Johnny Rivers, who had just started his own label, Soul City Records. Their first Soul City single, "I'll Be Lovin' You Forever", was a successful single. In 1965 The Mamas & the Papas' first single, lead member John Phillips' "Go Where You Wanna Go", failed to open the foursome's chart career. At the suggestion of Rivers and their manager Marc Gordon, the 5th Dimension covered the same song virtually note-for-note (except for the last verse's upward modulation), and their early 1967 version climbed into the top 20 on R&B and pop stations and peaked at #16 on the Hot 100, opening the quintet's chart career. The budding songwriter Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
supplied the group with their breakthrough hit, "Up, Up and Away", a mid-1967 #7 hit that won five Grammy Awards. The following year, the group scored major hit singles with Laura Nyro's songs "Stoned Soul Picnic" (U.S. #3) and "Sweet Blindness" (U.S. #13). The group received a gold record for their album Stoned Soul Picnic. That album included "California Soul", which peaked at #25 in February 1969. Weeks later the group's success broke wide open, with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from the musical Hair topping the Hot 100 for six straight weeks in April and May, and another Nyro song, "Wedding Bell Blues", doing the same for the first three full weeks in November. Their cover of Neil Sedaka's "Workin' On a Groovy Thing" went to #20 in between. Those four singles kept the group on the Hot 100 for all but four weeks in 1969. By some reckonings, "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" was the biggest hit single for 1969. Later top 20 hits included 1970's "One Less Bell to Answer" (U.S. #2), 1971's "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" (U.S. #19) and "Never My Love" (U.S. #12), 1972's "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" (U.S. #8) and "If I Could Reach You" (U.S. #10). The group had seven other top 40 hits, the last being 1973's "Living Together, Growing Together" (U.S. #32) from the film Lost Horizon. TV appearances[edit] The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
performed "Sweet Blindness" on Frank Sinatra's 1968 TV special Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing and sang "Workin' On a Groovy Thing" and "Wedding Bell Blues" on Woody Allen's The Woody Allen Special
Special
in 1969. They introduced "Puppet Man" and "One Less Bell To Answer" as guests in the It Takes a Thief episode "To Sing a Song of Murder" in 1970; the latter song was used as a plot device in which its closing notes were to activate a bomb in an assassination attempt of the head of a fictitious country. The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
twice in 1969. The group performed and sang a medley consisting of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" on February 23, 1969 and performed and sang "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" on May 18, 1969, the day after the medley fell from the Hot 100 summit. That same year the group appeared on the British show This Is Tom Jones, singing "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and "Got My Mojo Workin'." The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
were the featured act of a July 28, 1969 CBS broadcast of highlights from the Harlem Cultural Festival, the "Black Woodstock" gathering in Mount Morris Park that drew 300,000 festival attendees over six shows. The New York Times reported the 5th Dimension show drew 60,000 alone.[1] The 5th Dimension: An Odyssey in the Cosmic Universe of Peter Max, a television special, aired on CBS on May 21, 1970. During the last season of The Ed Sullivan Show, Sullivan dedicated the entire February 21, 1971 episode to the fifth anniversary of the 5th Dimension. The group opened the show with "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" and later joined Connie Stevens
Connie Stevens
for "Puppet Man". They came back for the last 15 minutes of the show and sang their hits "Up, Up and Away", "One Less Bell to Answer", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Wedding Bell Blues", and finished up with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". This appearance was the group's last on Sullivan. The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
Traveling Sunshine Show, a television special, aired on August 18, 1971. The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
made memorable appearances on Soul Train, American Bandstand, The Flip Wilson Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Regrouping[edit] In 1975, McCoo and Davis, who had married on 26 July 1969, left the group to do collective and individual projects. They went on to have success as a duo with "Your Love" and the chart topper "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" which won them their seventh Grammy award. McCoo served a lengthy '80's stint as the host of the TV show Solid Gold. The remaining trio carried on with new members, and nearly had a hit in 1976 with the LaRue-sung "Love Hangover"; however, Motown issued Diana Ross' original version shortly after the 5th Dimension's hit the charts, and hers soared to the top of the charts. The group signed with Motown
Motown
not long after, releasing two albums in 1978. R&B singer Lou Courtney was in the group briefly in 1978 and 1979, Joyce Wright joined in 1979, and Phyllis Battle joined in 1988. Reunion and departure[edit] The original quintet reunited in 1990 and 1991 for a tour. Townson left the group to try a solo career, but soon returned, as the group resigned itself to the nostalgia circuit. In 1995, the quintet of LaRue, Townson, McLemore, Battle, and Greg Walker recorded a new album, In the House, for Click Records. In 1998, Willie Williams replaced Townson, who died in 2001 due to kidney failure. Battle departed in 2002, to be replaced by Van Jewell. McLemore left the group in March 2006. Today[edit] As of April 2009[update], the group was actively touring as "The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue", led by LaRue, with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris, and Floyd Smith.[2] Celebrating 45 years of marriage, McCoo and Davis continue to tour separately from the 5th Dimension as their own act: " Marilyn McCoo
Marilyn McCoo
and Billy Davis, Jr." In October 2011, McCoo and Davis were featured on the Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
album Soulicious, appearing live on stage in the tour of the same name, reprising several of their hits as well as dueting with Richard. In 2013, McCoo and Davis released their own double-CD project: Marilyn McCoo
Marilyn McCoo
and Billy Davis, Jr.
Billy Davis, Jr.
Live. On February 14, 2015, McLemore released an autobiographical memoir, From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music. On June 21, 2016, The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
featuring Florence LaRue
Florence LaRue
performed in The Villages, Florida, just days after the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Band leader Florence LaRue
Florence LaRue
took the opportunity to share her thoughts on the tragedy: "We will not be terrorized. We know what’s happening in the world, but this is a song about good health, love, peace and happiness. We still believe in those things today," she stated before the group performed "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In".[3] In November 2017 The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
appeared for 18 performances at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Centre in Branson, Missouri
Missouri
in the Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza hosted by Jimmy Osmond. Honors[edit] The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.[4] They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted August 9, 1991, and the St. Louis
St. Louis
Walk of Fame, inducted on March 18, 2010.[5] Membership[edit]

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Marilyn McCoo
Marilyn McCoo
(born September 30, 1943, Jersey City, New Jersey) Florence LaRue
Florence LaRue
(born February 4, 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Billy Davis, Jr.
Billy Davis, Jr.
(born June 26, 1938, St. Louis, Missouri) LaMonte McLemore (born September 17, 1939, St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri
[6]) Ronald L. "Ron" Townson, nicknamed "Sweets" (born January 20, 1933, St. Louis, Missouri, died August 2, 2001, of kidney failure, Las Vegas, Nevada)

McCoo and Davis left the group in November 1975. Since then, other members have included:

Eloise Laws (McCoo replacement) 1975 Danny Beard (Davis replacement) 1975–1978 Marjorie Barnes (McCoo replacement) 1976–1977 Terri Bryant (McCoo replacement) 1978–1979 Mic Bell (Townson replacement) 1978–1979 Lou Courtney (Davis replacement) 1978–1979 Pat Bass (McCoo replacement) 1979 Tanya Boyd (McCoo replacement) 1979 Joyce Wright Pierce (McCoo replacement) 1979–1986 and 1987 Michael Procter (Davis replacement) 1979–1988 Ron Townson 1979-1997 Estrelita (McCoo replacement) 1986 Phyllis Battle (McCoo replacement) 1988–2001 Eugene Barry-Hill (Davis replacement) 1989–1992 Greg Walker (Davis replacement) 1993–2006 Willie Williams (Townson replacement) 1998–present Van Jewell (McCoo replacement) 2002, 2005 Julie Delgado (McCoo replacement) 2002–2005 Jamila Ajibade (McCoo replacement) 2005–2006 and 2007–2008 Leonard Tucker (Davis replacement) 2006–present Valerie Davis (McCoo replacement) 2006–2007 Jennifer Leigh Warren (McCoo replacement) 2007 Gwyn Foxx (McCoo replacement) December 2007 Michael Mishaw (McLemore replacement) 2006–2008 [1] Patrice Morris (McCoo replacement) 2008–present Floyd Smith (McLemore replacement) 2009–present

Original lineup Florence LaRue Marilyn McCoo Billy Davis, Jr. LaMonte McLemore Ron Townson

1966–75 Florence LaRue Marilyn McCoo Billy Davis, Jr. LaMonte McLemore Ron Townson

1975 Eloise Laws Danny Beard

1976–76 Marjorie Barnes

1978 Terri Bryant

1978–79 Lou Courtney Mic Bell

1979 Pat Bass/ Tanya Boyd/ Joyce Wright Pierce

Michael Procter

1980–86 Joyce Wright Pierce Ron Townson

1986 Estrelita

1987 Joyce Wright Pierce

1988 Phyllis Battle

1989–92 Eugene Barry Hill

1993–98 Greg Walker

1998–2002 Willie Williams

2002 Van Jewell

2002–05 Julie Delgado

2005 Van Jewell

2005–06 Jamila Ajibade

2006–07 Valerie Davis Leonard Tucker Michael Mishaw

2007 Jennifer Lee Warren/ Gwyn Foxx

2008 Patrice Morris

2009–present Floyd Smith

Discography[edit] Singles[edit] US charts are from Billboard. Canadian charts are taken from the weekly surveys of CHUM in Toronto.

Year Song US US AC US R&B CAN UK[7] AUS B-side Album

1966 "Go Where You Wanna Go" 16 - - 9 - 75 "Too Poor to Die" (Non-album track) Up, Up and Away

1967 "Another Day, Another Heartache" 45 - - - - - "Rosecrans Blvd."

"Up, Up and Away" 7 9 - 18 - 1 "Which Way to Nowhere"

"Paper Cup" 34 - - 17 - 47 "Poor Side of Town" (from Up, Up and Away) The Magic Garden

1968 "Carpet Man" 29 - - 3 - 94 "The Magic Garden"

"Stoned Soul Picnic" 3 - 2 5 - - "The Sailboat Song" Stoned Soul Picnic

"Sweet Blindness" 13 - 45 15 - 19 "Bobbie's Blues (Who Do You Think Of?)"

"California Soul" 25 - 49 - - - "It'll Never Be the Same Again"

1969 "Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
(The Flesh Failures)" 1 1 6 1 11 4 "Don'tcha Hear Me Callin' to Ya?" The Age of Aquarius

"Workin' On a Groovy Thing" 20 9 15 17 - 48 "Broken Wing Bird" (from Stoned Soul Picnic)

"Wedding Bell Blues" 1 1 23 3 16 20 "Lovin' Stew" (from Stoned Soul Picnic)

"Blowing Away" 21 7 - 24 - 55 "Skinny Man"

1970 "A Change Is Gonna Come/People Got to Be Free" 60 - - - - - "The Declaration" Portrait

"The Declaration" 64 35 - - - - B-side of above

"The Girls' Song" 43 6 - - - 97 "It'll Never Be the Same Again" (from Stoned Soul Picnic) The Magic Garden

"Puppet Man" 24 31 - - - 19 "A Love Like Ours" Portrait

"Save the Country" 27 10 - 24 - 79 "Dimension 5ive"

"On the Beach (In the Summertime)" 54 12 - - - - "This Is Your Life" (from Portrait) Non-album track

"One Less Bell to Answer" 2 1 4 3 - - "Feelin' Alright?" Portrait

1971 "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" 19 6 - 28 - - "The Singer" Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes

"Light Sings" 44 12 - - - - "Viva! (Viva Tirado)"

"Never My Love" (live) 12 1 45 21 - 85 "A Love Like Ours" (from Portrait) Live!!

"Together Let's Find Love" (live) 37 8 22 - - - "I Just Wanta Be Your Friend"

1972 "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" 8 2 28 5 - 7 "The River Witch" (from Living Together, Growing Together) Individually & Collectively

"If I Could Reach You" 10 1 - 13 - - "Tomorrow Belongs to the Children"

1973 "Living Together, Growing Together" 32 5 - - - - "What Do I Need to Be Me" Living Together, Growing Together

"Everything's Been Changed" 70 18 - - - - "There Never Was a Day"

"Ashes to Ashes" 52 7 54 - - - "The Singer" (from Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes)

"Flashback" 82 30 75 - - 60 "Diggin' for a Livin'" Non-album tracks

1974 "Harlem" - - - - - - "My Song" Soul & Inspiration

1975 "No Love in the Room" 105 11 - - - - "I Don't Know How to Look for Love"

1976 "Love Hangover" 80 - 39 - - - "Will You Be There" Non-album tracks

1983 "Surrender" - - - - - - "Fantasy"

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 R&B Record Label

1967 Up, Up and Away 8 10 Soul City Records

The Magic Garden 105 43

1968 Stoned Soul Picnic 21 10

1969 The Age of Aquarius 2 2

1970 Portrait 20 6 Bell Records

1971 Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes 17 10

1972 Individually & Collectively 58 21

1973 Living Together, Growing Together 108 25

1974 Soul & Inspiration – 55

1975 Earthbound 136 30 ABC Records

1978 Star Dancing – – Motown
Motown
Records

High on Sunshine – –

1995 In the House – – Click Records

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 R&B Record Label

1971 Live!! 32 13 Bell Records

1995 Respect - Live – – Success Records

2005 Live! Plus Other Rare Studio Recordings – – Classic World Productions

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Billboard 200 R&B Record Label

1967 The Fantastic 5th Dimension – – Liberty Records

1969 Let The Sunshine In – –

1970 Greatest Hits (Soul City) 5 8 Soul City Records

Dimension Five – – Bell Records

The July 5th Album 63 – Soul City Records

Love Garden – – Liberty Records

The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
Special – – K-tel Records

1971 The Best of Fifth Dimension – – Karussell Records

The Fantastic Fifth Dimension Vol. 2 – – Liberty Records

Reflections 112 – Bell Records

1972 Greatest Hits on Earth 14 10

1976 22 of Their Fabulous Hits – –

1982 The Very Best of 5th Dimension – – Warwick Records

1986 Anthology 1967-1973 – – Rhino Records

1997 Up-Up and Away: The Definitive Collection – – Arista Records

1999 Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In – – Brilliant

There have been several 5th Dimension compilations issued in recent years. In 2004, Arista issued Ultimate 5th Dimension, a single disc containing 20 hit singles plus a previously unreleased McCoo-led take on "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye". In 2011, Sony/Legacy reissued the two-CD The Definitive Collection as The Essential 5th Dimension, with a few changes to the repertoire. Legacy issued, in 2014, the group's entry in their "Playlist" series of single disc releases, including the radio edit of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (which was issued on the 1970 Greatest Hits vinyl album) and a few mono single versions. Finally, in December 2016, Real Gone Music issued the three-disc set The Complete Soul City/Bell Singles 1966-1975. DVDs[edit]

2003: The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
Travelling Sunshine Show with Dionne Warwick, Merle Haggard, and The Carpenters[8]

References[edit]

^ "Parks and Recreation: Harlem at a crossroads in the summer of '69" (PDF). Poverty & Race. Poverty and Race Research Action Council. June 2017.  ^ " Florence LaRue
Florence LaRue
& The 5th Dimension: A Brief Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-25.  ^ "5th Dimension's Florence LaRue
Florence LaRue
charms sold-out crowds at Savannah Center". Villages-News.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25.  ^ " The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
- Inductees - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation". Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. Retrieved 2009-03-31.  ^ " St. Louis
St. Louis
Walk of Fame - The 5th Dimension". St. Louis
St. Louis
Walk of Fame. Retrieved 20 March 2010.  ^ "LaMonte McLemore". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-10.  ^ Roberts ("From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music" by LaMonte McLemore as told to Robert-Allan Arno, 2015), David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 199. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) ^ " The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
DVD - 5th Dimension Concert Video - Dionne Warwick DVD". 

Bibliography[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul (revised edition), Irwin Stambler © 1989 St. Martin's Press, New York All Music Guide to Soul (article by Steve Huey) © 2003 Backbeat Books San Francisco

External links[edit]

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Studio albums

Up, Up and Away The Magic Garden Stoned Soul Picnic The Age of Aquarius Portrait Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes Reflections Individually and Collectively Living Together, Growing Together Soul & Inspiration Earthbound

Singles

"Go Where You Wanna Go" "Up, Up and Away" "Stoned Soul Picnic" "Sweet Blindness" "California Soul" " Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
(The Flesh Failures)" "Workin' On a Groovy Thing" "Wedding Bell Blues" "Blowing Away" "A Change Is Gonna Come/People Got to Be Free" "The Girls' Song" "Save the Country" "On the Beach (In the Summertime)" "One Less Bell to Answer" "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" "Light Sings" " Never My Love (Live)" "Together Let's Find Love" "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" "If I Could Reach You" "Living Together, Growing Together" "Everything's Been Changed" "Ashes to Ashes" "No Love in the Room" "Love Hangover"

Related topics

The Friends of Distinction Marc Gordon Solid Gold

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year

1959−1980

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Record of the Year

1959−1980

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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