Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Bring 40th Anniversary Tour to Gallo Center for the Arts September 15

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Grammy Award-winning duo take the stage in Modesto with hits including "You Don’t Have to be a Star," "Up, Up and Away" and more!

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

The Grammy Award-winning duo of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., now celebrating 40 years in show business, take the stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $19 to $59. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for a 15% discount. For tickets and more information, visit GalloArts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

McCoo and Davis have received seven Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and three platinum records together. As lead vocalists for one of the top singing groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s, The 5th Dimension, they recorded such classics as “Up, Up & Away,” "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer” and other chart toppers. After a decade with the 5th Dimension, McCoo and Davis chose to leave the group and establish themselves as a duo. They had immediate success with “You Don’t Have to be a Star”, which became a #1 hit and earned them a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance by a Duo or Group.

The couple is celebrating 43 years of marriage this year. In 2004, McCoo and Davis wrote the book “Up, Up and Away…How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World,” that shares their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood.

The couple’s recent sold out performances at Yoshi Jazz Club in Oakland, California were praised by audience members as “wonderful….their love for each other was so evident” as they sang hits from throughout their career and talked about the origin of the songs and what was happening behind the scenes while they were created.

The Gallo Center for the Arts’ 2012-13 Premier Partner is Boyett Petroleum.

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