Up, Up and Away" is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded (as " Up–Up and Away") by US soul-pop act the 5th Dimension, whose big hit version reached no. 7 on 's Billboard Hot 100 in July 1967, and no. 9 on its Easy Listening chart. The single reached number one in both  Canada and Australia. In 1999 Webb's song placed 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century".
canonical example of sunshine pop, themed around images of hot air ballooning, it cleaned up at the 10th Annual Grammy Awards in 1968, winning for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Performance by a Vocal Group, Best Performance by a Chorus and Best Contemporary Song. The instrumental backing was performed by members of the Wrecking Crew, including guitarist  Al Casey, trumpeter Tony Terran and drummer Hal Blaine.
Chart history [ edit ]
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Billboard Hot 100
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Usage in media [ edit ]
On a 1968 episode of
the Bradley sisters sing a version of this song. Petticoat Junction Sung by Bob on episode 5 of
aired on November 14, 1969. Sesame Street Used by
Trans World Airlines as a commercial jingle c. 1968–1970, slightly altered as "Up up and away TWA". Used by
Trans Australia Airlines as a jingle in 1972–1986, slightly altered as "Up up and away with TAA, the friendly friendly way!".  Used in 1973 in the German film
, an adaption of the book with the same name from The Flying Classroom Erich Kästner Sung by
Liza Minnelli on Kraft Music Hour. Episode titled "Woody Allen looks at 1967" aired December 1967. For a time,
Dionne Warwick's song " I'll Never Love This Way Again" preceded reports about people with HIV/AIDS on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. These later became "  condom updates," preceded by “Up, Up and Away”.  Used in the 1988 episode "Between a Yuk and Hardplace" of the TV series
. Moonlighting Used in
(1989) Born on the Fourth of July Sung during the audition scene of
(1989) The Fabulous Baker Boys Instrumental version used as the opening theme for the Dominican talk-show "Aeromundo".
episode 21, Season 5, " Bob's Burgers The Oeder Games". In the 1970s it was used as the
sound track for a series of TV commercials of a Brazilian cigarette called Minister. Used in 2005 in the "Balloon" TV commercial for LUX soap.
The song was used as the theme song for 2012 Japanese drama
Tokyo Airport. Used as Alan Harper's (
Jon Cryer) phone ringtone on the TV series " Two and a Half Men". Used in the first season, 5th episode of the TV series "
Psych". A parody recording using the lyrics "my beautiful baboon" is played by Zach Galifianakis during an interview with Sir Richard Branson in the 2012 MTV special . Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York
References [ edit ]
Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 91.
"BMI Announces Top 100 Songs of the Century". Broadcast Music, Inc. 13 December 1999 . Retrieved . 8 March 2014
Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN . 978-1-250-03046-7
"Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1967-07-22 . Retrieved . 2020-08-19
Flavour of New Zealand, 6 October 1967
Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 29, 1967
RPM Top 100 Singles of 1967
Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 23, 1967
Andrea L (2 November 2011). "Rajput & The Sepoy Mutiny - Up Up and Away" – via YouTube.
"Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) Television Advertisement, 1972" . Retrieved . 11 November 2011
Remnick, David (December 16, 1990). "Day of the Dittohead". The Washington Post. p. C1.
Grossberger, Lewis (December 16, 1990). "The Rush Hours". The New York Times Magazine . Retrieved . October 16, 2019
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