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‘Up Up and Away’ by the 5th Dimension – Classic Hit or Miss

“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, No. 18 in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. The single peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Easy Listening Top 40. 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. Guitarist Al Casey was present on this recording, as was fellow Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine.

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