Friday, December 10, 2010


Grammy Song Of the Year 1968

"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 #7 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and sold well in Canada. The single peaked at #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 Grammy Awards of 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. Al Casey was the guitarist on this recording, as was fellow "Wrecking Crew" drummer Hal Blaine. 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.

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