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The Songs of the Summer; Plus, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. of The 5th Dimension

Billboard journalist Fred Bronson discusses the songs that bring Summer to life; plus, The First Power Couple of Pop & Soul.



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First, we are joined by seven-time Grammy Award-winning husband and wife duo Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., who join us to discuss their music careers, the secret to their lasting 53-year marriage, and their upcoming Juneteenth celebration performance.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.'s Juneteenth celebration performance will be June 17, 2023, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston at 8:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Then, we're joined by "America's foremost chart journalist" Fred Bronson, who joins us to discuss the biggest summer hits of all time, what makes a summer hit endure, and the 40th anniversary of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Also, Bronson shares highlights from his career as a Billboard journalist, such as covering the Eurovision Song Contest many times, his work with the multi-venue benefit concert Live Aid, as well as many other writing credits.

To listen to Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler, click here.

To listen to Aguas de Março by Elis Regina & Tom Jobim, click here.

To listen to La Plage de Saint-Tropez by Army of Lovers, click here.

To listen to Summer in the City by The Lovin’ Spoonful, click here.

To listen to Just a Girl by No Doubt, click here.



Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.

  • 7-Time Grammy Award-winning Duo
  • "The Power First Couple of Pop & Soul"
  • Co-Founders & Lead Singers Of The 5th Dimension

Fred Bronson

  • Billboard Journalist
  • "America's Foremost Chart Journalist"
  • Author of Books Related to the #1 Songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

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