Florence LaRue (born 4 February 1944) is an American actress, humanitarian, and Grammy award-winning [1 ] singer. She is best known as the original female lead singer of The 5th Dimension.
Early life [ edit ]
LaRue was born on February 4, 1944 in
Plainfield, New Jersey but moved to Glenside, Pennsylvania when she was young. She began her musical education studying [2 ] dance and violin. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California where she earned an Associate's Degree in Music from Los Angeles City College. She later received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from California State University. [3 ]
The 5th Dimension [ edit ]
LaRue performing at Eastern Michigan University in 1970.
In 1966, LaRue was approached by
Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo to join their recently formed group The 5th Dimension. Rue nearly always sang female lead on one song per album, with McCoo taking the lead on one song as well; otherwise she sang the female voice parts along with Marilyn McCoo, being featured prominently on Stone Soul Picnic, or shared the lead with McCoo on songs including Blowin' Away, Puppet Man and Save the Country. After Marilyn McCoo's departure, LaRue was lead singer on hit songs including " Love Hangover" (1976). [4 ]
Acting and theater career [ edit ]
She appeared in the
CBS movie of the week Happy with Dom DeLuise. She also performed in the national tour of Broadway's Tony Award winning musical , starred in the Ain't Misbehavin Toronto and Calvary productions of "Mo' Magic".
In the past, LaRue co-hosted the Arthritis Telethon with
Jayne Wyman, judged two segments of , appeared as a celebrity guest on Puttin' on the Hits , and been a special guest on numerous television shows, including several appearances on Star Search , The Dale Evans Show , The Today Show and numerous other Christian and secular programs. The Carol Lawrence Show [5 ]
Current singing career [ edit ]
As of April 2009
, the group is actively touring as "Florence LaRue & The Fifth Dimension" led by LaRue with Willie Williams, Leonard Tucker, Patrice Morris, and Floyd Smith.
References [ edit ]
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" performed by The 5th Dimension ( Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson)
produced by Bones Howe (1970) "
Bridge over Troubled Water" performed by Simon & Garfunkel ( Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon)
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee (1971)
It's Too Late" performed by Carole King
produced by Lou Adler (1972) "
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" performed by Roberta Flack
produced by Joel Dorn (1973)
Killing Me Softly with His Song" performed by Roberta Flack
produced by Joel Dorn (1974) "
I Honestly Love You" performed by Olivia Newton-John
produced by John Farrar (1975)
Love Will Keep Us Together" performed by Captain & Tennille ( Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille)
produced by Daryl Dragon (1976) "
This Masquerade" performed by George Benson
produced by Tommy LiPuma (1977)
Hotel California" performed by The Eagles ( Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh)
produced by Bill Szymczyk (1978) "
Just the Way You Are" performed by Billy Joel
produced by Phil Ramone (1979)