Up, Up and Away (song)
|"Up, Up and Away"|
|Single by The 5th Dimension|
|from the album Up, Up and Away|
|B-side||"Which Way to Nowhere"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||April 1966–March 11, 1967|
|Genre||Psychedelic pop, sunshine pop|
|Producer(s)||Johnny Rivers, Marc Gordon|
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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. 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".
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, including guitarist Al Casey and drummer Hal Blaine.
- In the United Kingdom, it was the Johnny Mann Singers' cover version (dubbed into French for North America) that became the Top 10 hit, reaching No. 6 in August 1967. This version picked up a Grammy Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Language in 1968 and hit the November 1967 Les Plus Grand Vingts au Quebec survey, peaking at #2, as well on the Easy Listening chart.
- Bing Crosby recorded it for his 1968 album Thoroughly Modern Bing.
- Diana Ross & the Supremes recorded a version of the song in 1967 for their album Reflections.
- Dionne Warwick recorded a version of the tune on her 1967 Valley Of The Dolls.
- South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela included the song in his 1967 live album Hugh Masekela Is Alive and Well at the Whisky.
- The Sunshine Company included the song on their 1967 debut album Happy Is the Sunshine Company.
- Nancy Sinatra included a version on her 1967 album Movin' with Nancy.
- The Impressions released their version on their 1968 album We're a Winner.
- Mrs. Miller sang a cover version in 1968 on her LP record Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
- Andy Williams released a version in 1968 on his album, Honey.
- The Kidsongs Kids sang a cover version in 1986 on their Kidsongs video "Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes".
- Rajput and the Sepoy Mutiny sang a cover version in 1968 on their album, "Flower Power Sitar".
- Used by The Prodigy in the album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, in the song "Hotride"
- Several bars of this song were reprised in the Love Generation version of "Montage" (written by Webb for the movie How Sweet It Is).
Usage in media
- On a 1968 episode of Petticoat Junction the Bradley sisters sing a version of this song.
- Sung by Bob on episode 5 of Sesame Street aired on November 14, 1969.
- Used by Trans World Airlines as a jingle c. 1970, slightly altered as "Up up and away TWA".
- Used by Trans Australia Airlines as a jingle in 1972, slightly altered as "Up up and away with TAA, the friendly friendly way!".
- Used in 1973 in the German film Das fliegende Klassenzimmer, an adaption of the book with the same name from Erich Kästner
- Sung by Liza Minnelli on Kraft Music Hour. Episode titled "Woody Allen looks at 1967" aired Dec 1967.
- Used in Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
- Used in Bob's Burgers episode 21, Season 5, The Oeder Games.
- The Rajput and the Sepoy Mutiny version was often played by Fred Norris on the The Howard Stern Show, whenever an Indian (or someone of a similar-looking ethnicity) was introduced to the show.
- 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.
- 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.