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Appearances can be deceiving-a fact you count on more than most.

Even before the tumultuous 1960s were over, a significant segment of the American public was ready to leave them behind, and like a popstrological dream come true, your Birthstar arrived in their moment of need to lift them Up, Up And Away from all that unrest in a "beautiful balloon." Ahhh, a balloon. What a soothing and utterly perfect image for what lay ahead in your Birthstar's career. A balloon is soft, after all, and a balloon is light, and while a balloon need not necessarily be white, there could be little doubt when listening to them on the radio that the members of The Fifth Dimension were. Except -- guess what? -- they weren't. All audible evidence to the contrary, the group with the jazzy Bacharachian softness that white people find so soothing was 100 percent black. Call it irony, if you like, that a group of African Americans gave rise to the mighty constellation Lite & White, but popstrologists see something far more interesting in it than mere irony: they see delicious payback to white America for coopting ragtime, jazz, the blues, rock and roll, and everything else it found exciting in black culture in the twentieth century. But vengeful natures are not likely to be found among the ultimately inoffensive children of the Fifth Dimension. Far more likely are a well-developed sense of irony and the ability to please the mainstream even while tweaking it.
Birthsongs
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In  Apr 6-May 17, 1969
Wedding Bell Blues  Nov 2-22, 1969
Renée Zellweger (4/29/69) Wes Anderson are children of the Fifth Dimension.


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