You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)

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"You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)"
Single by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
from the album I Hope We Get to Love in Time
B-side "Fool For You"
Released 1976
Genre Pop, Soul, Disco
Length 4:41
3:39 (7" version)
Label ABC Records
Writer(s) James Dean, John Glover
Producer(s) Don Davis

"You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" is a song by the husband/wife duo of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., former members of the vocal group The 5th Dimension. Released from their album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time, it became a crossover success soaring to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts during late 1976 and early 1977.[1] The song also reached #6 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It would eventually be certified Gold, selling over one million singles, and win them a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The song features the final studio performance of bassist James Jamerson on a Billboard number one song.[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976/77) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 7

Other Versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 338. 
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Preceded by
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 8, 1977
Succeeded by
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer
Preceded by
"Love Ballad" by L.T.D.
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
November 20, 1976
Succeeded by
"Dazz" by Brick