Up, Up and Away (song)

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"Up, Up and Away"
Up, Up and Away - single cover.jpg
Single by the 5th Dimension
from the album Up, Up and Away
B-side"Which Way to Nowhere"
ReleasedMay 1967
RecordedFebruary 22, 1967
StudioSound Recorders, Hollywood, California
GenrePsychedelic pop, sunshine pop
Length2:40
LabelSoul City
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Webb
Producer(s)Johnny Rivers and Marc Gordon

"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 Billboard's Hot 100 in July 1967 and no. 9 on its Easy Listening chart.[1] 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".[2]

A 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,[3] including trumpeter Tony Terran and drummer Hal Blaine.

Personnel[edit]

According to the AFM contract sheet, the following musicians played on the track.[4]

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Notable cover versions[edit]

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References[edit]

  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. ^ "Up Up And Away AFM Contract" (PDF). The Wrecking Crew. American Federation of Musicians. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1967-07-22. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  6. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 6 October 1967
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 29, 1967
  9. ^ RPM Top 100 Singles of 1967
  10. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  11. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 23, 1967
  12. ^ "Frank Ifield - Up-Up and Away".
  13. ^ Remnick, David (December 16, 1990). "Day of the Dittohead". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  14. ^ Grossberger, Lewis (December 16, 1990). "The Rush Hours". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2019.

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