Up, Up and Away (song)

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For the Blush song, see Up, Up, and Away (Blush song). For the Kid Cudi song, see Man on the Moon: The End of Day.
"Up, Up and Away"
Single by The 5th Dimension
from the album Up, Up and Away
B-side "Which Way to Nowhere"
Released May, 1967
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded April 1966–March 11, 1967
Genre Psychedelic pop, sunshine pop
Length 2:40
Label Soul City
Writer(s) Jimmy Webb
Producer(s) Johnny Rivers, Marc Gordon
The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" from Up, Up and Away

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"Up, Up and Away" is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by the 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching No. 7 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart, and No. 9 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[1] In other countries, it reached No. 18 in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. The song placed No. 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century".[2]

A canonical example of sunshine pop, themed around images of hot air ballooning, it cleaned up at the 10th Grammy Awards in 1968, winning for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Other Pop/Rock&Roll/ Contemporary Awards or Instrumental, and the big prizes of Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The instrumental backing was performed by members of the Wrecking Crew,[3] including guitarist Al Casey and drummer Hal Blaine.

Cover Versions[edit]

  • Mrs. Miller sang a cover version in 1968 on her LP record Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
  • The Kidsongs Kids sang a cover version in 1986 on their Kidsongs video "Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes"
  • Several bars of this song were reprised in the Love Generation version of "Montage" (written by Webb for the movie How Sweet It Is).

Popular Culture[edit]

  • On a 1968 episode of Petticoat Junction the Bradley sisters sing a version of this song.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 91. 
  2. ^ "BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century". Broadcast Music, Inc. 13 December 1999. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7. 
  4. ^ "Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) Television Advertisement, 1972". Retrieved 11 November 2011. 

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