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R&B power couple want you to get groovy

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. play Cache Creek Saturday.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. play Cache Creek Saturday.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. have been married for 45 years – an accomplishment for any couple, let alone two people who have spent decades sharing the spotlight in the often-volatile recording industry.

When they tied the knot they were members of one of the most celebrated groups in music, the Fifth Dimension. The two are still very much in love, as evidenced both by what they say from their Southern California home and what they will perform at their Cache Creek show Saturday.

“Most young people getting married today do not consider their vows a covenant,” Davis said in a recent interview. “They think they can be married three months and get out. They make a big mistake from the outset. They have to ask themselves, ‘Do you like the person you’re going to marry?’

“The No. 1 thing is to nurture the friendship.”

Davis and McCoo have six Grammy Awards from their time with the Fifth, plus a seventh for their own song “You Don’t Have To Be a Star.”

Formerly known as the Versatiles, the Fifth Dimension broke through in 1967 with Jimmy Webb’s “Up, Up, and Away,” followed by groovy classics such as “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” and, of course, the blockbuster “Hair” combo “Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In.”

“We will sing the … hits,” McCoo said of Saturday’s show, “but we will do plenty of music not associated with us as well. We recently produced our own CD. The recording industry has been so mixed up that we went ahead and did it. It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like that.”

Naturally, the CD is called “The Many Faces of Love.” .(8 p.m.; $39, $49, $65; cachecreek.com)

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