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Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo Are Committed to Staying Together

Former members, The Fifth Dimension

6 Grammys

17 Top 40 hits including “Up, Up and Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”

Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Duo performers

Grammy hit single “You Don’t Have to be a Star”

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Marilyn and Billy have been married for 46 years.  That’s unheard of in Hollywood where longevity in marriage is scarce.  They were members of the Fifth Dimension -- a recording group that started in 1967, and started out as friends whose friendship later evolved into a romance.  They married in 1969.  The group sang their way to the top and earned a group star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Billy and Marilyn left the group in 1975 to pursue solo and later duo careers in the entertainment business. 

At one point, their careers hit a lull.  “That’s when things got a little quiet,” says Marilyn.  “I started reflecting on my life, my career and what it all meant and who I was.  I began to realize that something was missing in my life.”  A friend had told Marilyn that if she ever felt like there was a void in her life it was the Lord telling her that she needed Him.  Marilyn started reading the Bible and prayed to receive Jesus.  One day while driving through Los Angeles, they saw that a club was holding a revival so they went.  That night, Billy and Marilyn gave their lives to Jesus. 

KEYS TO COMMITMENT

Their marriage has not been without problems.  They share their experiences, including Billy’s alcoholism, their finances, fame, pressures of marriage and keys they have learned along the way to their audiences.  “There is no magic formula for a good marriage, in or out of the entertainment industry,” they say.  “Marriage takes work, commitments are not things of the past and people need to take their commitments seriously,” says Marilyn. 

They’ve found that they are more alike than different in their relationship.  Marilyn says it is important for men and women to celebrate and accept their differences.  Another key to sustain any relationship is to just maintain the basics: respect, communication and setting priorities.  Marilyn also reminds their audiences that compromise or give and take is important.  For example, Marilyn had the opportunity to perform on Broadway but wasn’t sure how Billy would respond to leaving LA to live in New York for a year.  To her surprise, Billy agreed.  Though Billy didn’t think this was a very big deal, Marilyn saw this as an act of sacrifice and it strengthened their relationship.  Marilyn is concerned about the condition of marriages today, especially Christian marriages.  She says it is important to apply God’s Word to their lives.

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