At Our Next Luncheon: MAY 19, 2017

On May 19, PPB President Allan Perris will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., two of America’s greatest recording artists.

As members of famous vocal group The 5th Dimension, these prolific singers recorded such hits as “Up, Up and Away,” "One Less Bell to Answer," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and many others. They've earned seven Grammy Awards, plus 15 Gold and three Platinum albums.

The two met in 1966 when Billy established The 5th Dimension, and the group recorded their first big hit, “Up, Up and Away,” written by Jimmy Webb, in 1967. The song won four 1968 Grammy Awards and was the title track to their first LP. The medley of “Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In” from the musical “Hair” reached number 1 on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart in April to May of 1969, and won the Grammy for “Record of the Year.”

Marilyn McCoo was well-known in the 1980s as host of the popular music countdown TV show “Solid Gold.” She and Billy have been married since 1969. The couple shared their story of love and faith in the 2004 book, “Up, Up and Away.”

In 1975, McCoo and Davis left The 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album “I Hope We Get to Love in Time.” Other albums followed, each receiving public acclaim.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. became the first African American married couple to host a network television series, “The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Show,” on CBS in the summer of 1977. In the early 1980s, the pair decided to go solo professionally, but are now performing together again in venues around the country.

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Honoree: George Schlatter

On February 10, PPB President Alan Perris presented the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to prolific TV producer and director George Schlatter.

George was born in Birmingham, Alabama and reared in Webster Groves, Missouri. His mother was a violinist with the St. Louis Municipal Opera in which George sang for two seasons before moving west to attend Pepperdine University here in Los Angeles.

After Pepperdine, George became a Hollywood agent in the band and act department of MCA Regords. Following that, he became general manager of Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip, where the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin performed. In the early 1960s he began producing variety series and specials for television.

Between 1964 and 1970, George Schlatter oversaw the annual telecasts of the Grammy Awards, and in 1968 he formed George Schlatter Productions, which produced Rowan and Martin's Laugh In on NBC. He has produced and/or directed several television series, and in 1987 he started The American Comedy Awards, which has become an annual event.

George has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and his wife Jolene have two adult daughters, Andrea and Maria. He is presently working with an author to write his memoir while continuing to produce shows for television.

Pictured Below Front row, left to right: Sarah Purcell, Honoree George Schlatter and Jo Anne Worley. Back row: PPB President Alan Perris, Bruce Vilanch and Fred Willard. Not pictured: Tony Danza. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Luncheon on May 19, 2017? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 10 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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