Laura Nyro, one of the most important female singer/songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, died in 1997 at the age of 49 due to complications from ovarian cancer. Among her classic compositions: “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “And When I Die,” “Eli’s Comin,” and…”Wedding Bell Blues.”
The Fifth Dimension had a string of hits in 1969 including “Wedding Bell Blues” that went to #1 and stayed there for three straight weeks. When the group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, ironically Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were love interests. But a wedding date? None was set.
The wedding did take place on July 26, 1969. The couple has been married ever since.
A few weeks ago they were featured on CBS Sunday Morning.