The Fifth formed in Gimli, Manitoba. The band moved to Winnipeg and eventually signed with London Records. Their first single, "Yesterday's Today" became a regional hit and received the Lloyd C. Moffat Award for Best Canadian Produced Rock Recording in 1968 managing to place #93 on the charts.
At the time of the award the band was flying high on their second legitimate hit "Tears" which placed even higher at #64 on the charts.
Rene had played with The Quid; Winter had been in Gettysburg Address; Master had played in 5 A.M. Event who tried unsuccessfully to conquer the UK with a failed single on Pye before returning to Winnipeg; Belanger was recruited from Chopping Block.
After the band split up Belanger, Grabowski, Watts, Johnson and Sellar formed The Next(and later added Ksionzek on bass); Winter joined The Guess Who as did Master, though, in a later Jim Kale incarnation; Belanger later joined Harlequin; Rene joined Minneapolis band The Litter.
-Vic Giggani, Colvin Don, Doug Donahue and Rick Smith
Ron Schmidt: vocals
Jim Grabowski: keyboards
Melvyn C. Ksionzek: lead guitar/bass
Barry Zabiak: drums
Richard Gwizdak: bass
Doug Love: lead guitar
Craig Hamblin: drums (replaced Zabiak)
Kurt Winter: guitar
Ralph Watts: guitar (replaced Winter)
Ron Rene: vocals (replaced Schmidt)
Vance Master: drums (replaced Hamblin)
George Belanger: vocals (replaced Rene)
Brian Sellar: bass (replaced Ksionzek)
Al Johnson: drums (replaced Master)