Here’s a little bit of sunshine pop music for a Summer day. (Sometimes it’s classified as psychedelic pop, but there’s nothing particularly psychedelic about this song IMHO.) “Up, Up and Away” was written by singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb (e.g., “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park, “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”). The 5th Dimension, with assistance from the studio musicians of The Wrecking Crew, recorded and released it in 1967 as a single backed with “Which Way to Nowhere” and on their 1967 album Up, Up and Away. The song was an international hit in 1967, going to #7 on the U.S. billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It was #1 in Australia, and #18 in Canada. The 5th Dimension won Grammy Awards for the single and the album that year for Best Pop Performance, Best Record of the Year, Other Pop/Rock&Roll/Contemporary Award. and Song of the Year.
The 5th Dimension, originally called The Versatiles, formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. Their repertoire was quite versatile, covering a number of genres. This included R&B, pop, soul, sunshine pop, and psychedelic soul. The original members were Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, LaMonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They had hits with “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” Sweet Blindess, “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Working on a Groovy Thing,” and “One Less Bell to Answer,” among many others. There have been personnel changes over the years, and the group continues to tour and perform.