Song: “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show”)” by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
Reached #1: January 8, 1977 (their first, 1 week)
They met while part of a vocal group that did both the anthem to unrequited love, “Wedding Bell Blues” and the mildly-trippy “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” (from Hair).
They’ve been married, and performing together, for 43 years. I mean… that just doesn’t happen in entertainment. In an era where a celebrity marriage can rake in millions and last 1/5 of a year, what Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. have done is rare.
Had they just been part of the 5th Dimension, they’d have been considered successes. But to keep going?
For a lot of people of a certain age group (i.e., mine), we got to know Marilyn McCoo as the nice lady who hosted Solid Gold for a while in the ‘80s. It wasn’t until I started listening more closely to New York’s oldies station, the legendary WCBS-FM, that I realized she was more than just a TV host.
And they’re still performing – McCoo and Davis did a tour with Cliff Richard in 2011, and McCoo is doing a show in Florida in February 2012.
I guess my point is this – why on earth does this seem so odd? Shouldn’t a good working relationship and a happy marriage be the norm, not the exception?
Tomorrow, a look at the other side of the coin – a singer who seemed to have it all… and is now a punchline on The Soup. See you then.
Other songs which hit #1 on January 8:
1966 – “We Can Work It Out”, The Beatles (their eleventh, 3 weeks)
2011 – “Grenade”, Bruno Mars (his second, 4 weeks)