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Fly Eastern – With Bossa Legend Astrud Gilberto

Written by Christopher Alm • March 26th, 2008
Fly Eastern – With Bossa Legend Astrud Gilberto

Here in Sweden we just skipped spring, summer and autumn and went directly back to winter again, so what could be better than taking a trip to the sun with glamorous Eastern Airlines?

“The Music of Eastern” is a collection with six one-minute vintage commercials with none other than Brazilian bossa legend Astrud Gilberto on vocals. The jingles were recorded in the late 1960s and styled in different variations and themes. Taken from a promotion 7″ record intended for their employees only, but now offered to the Ultra Swank readers as well.

The soaring spirit of the New Eastern…the lyrical beauty of an aircraft in flight…the exalted triumph of man’s conquest of the skies – all these have been joyously captured in the melodies on this record. Created especially to serve as background music for Eastern television and radio commercials, these exhilarating musical passages stand on their own as a memorable tonal tribute to the new freedom mankind has achieved through modern aviation.

1. “Fly Eastern” Theme
2. “Number One to the Sun”
3. “After Business Hours”
4. “Sunrise at San Juan”
5. “Miami Cocktail Lounge”
6. “Song for Sun-Worshippers”

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Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous


    Where in the world did you find this? Thank you so much for sharing it. I love Eastern Airlines, the ride they used to sponsor in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World, ‘If You Had Wings,’ was one of my absolutely favorite things about that park.


  • norman gunston

    Great discovery. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • rickdog

    Please use my mp3 search engine.
    I’m approaching 6,000 mp3 download sites in this custom google search:


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  • Anonymous

    As always…wonderful.

    Charles of the Telstar Lounge

  • filio

    Thank you very much!

  • janepeepshow

    I’d download it but it’s telling me to wait like forty something seconds…Anyway, have a great time in Skåne Chris! Take lots of pics!

  • Chris

    You have to wait for 40 seconds or something like that before the download link appears. Yeah, annoying but it’s a free service. I will bring my camera with me if you bring yours to that Mad Men panel Jane! ;-)

  • janepeepshow

    Guess what?!

    I did bring my camera but i decided not to take pics. What a loser! Too many people gathering around, kind of annoying also it was getting late & i was tired. sleepy & kinda hungry.

  • Chris

    Aww, that’s too bad really. Wouldn’t mind seeing some photos of Peggy or any of the other female actors. Anyways, I am here in Skåne now. Guess that means I shouldn’t take any photos here ’cause you didn’t huh? *jokingly*

  • janepeepshow

    Only the female actors eh?

    Yeah DO take pics, i insist, hehe…

  • Chris

    Yeah only the female actors since the hunk (don’t quote me on that) Don Draper wasn’t there hehe. Nah seriously would have been cool seeing some photos from the whole event, maybe next time eh? :)

    The weather down here is really depressing right now, snow has melted finally but the landscapes look incredibly boring. Will try and get a couple of decent photos though. Can’t wait for summer!

  • d. danger

    there appears to be something wrong with the link! blast!! i was looking forward to downloading this.

  • Chris

    Nothing wrong with the download link. You first have to enter the characters you see in the box and press ok and then wait for 45 seconds for the download link to appear (there is a ticker telling how long you have waited).

  • d. danger

    i know that. everytime i tried to use the link last night it was saying the file was unavailable.

  • Anonymous

    Great! Short but sweet.
    p.s. I had trouble with the link too, but tried again the next day and got it ok. dh

  • Traitor Vic

    Excellent stuff! I loved Eastern Airlines as well. They flew a lot of the Boeing 727 Whisperjets, which were the coolest planes around.

  • d. danger

    hey chris, check out my blog. i uploaded a cd for you. it’s by a band called “pram”, whom you may or may not have heard of. i think you’ll enjoy them a lot!

  • Anonymous

    this is a such remarkable find! The link works perfectly, thank you, but does anyone (Chris or anyone else) know what happened to track #7? It is listed on the original album art as “music to fly Eastern by”, but isn’t in the file. Thanks again for this marvelous gem!

  • Chris

    Sorry, I don’t seem to have track #7. Hmm, not sure what has happened to it. But if I find it I will update the post. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  • Ed

    Where in the world do you find this stuff! Amazing find…I’m going to have to share this with a bunch of people!

  • Anonymous

    I have to download a megaupload tool bar :-/

  • Chris

    You don’t have to download any toolbar, just enter the three letters and wait for 45 seconds for the download button to appear. Click on it and your download should start automatically. Just tried it my self and it’s working.

  • Paul F.

    Love this. Did track 7 get cut from the upload? I flew Eastern a few times in the 80s, so this brings back memories.

  • Rob

    Amazingly cool! Thanks for sharing. keep the cool tunes coming. Ever heard of The Soulful Strings? They’d be right up your alley!

  • masayo

    Thank you so much for the music files as well as the jacket photos!! A couple days ago, a friend of mine played the record for me and I was so impressed with the beautiful pieces. I’m in Japan and had no chance to fly with Eastern but reading many posts here, I knew how much American people love the airline. Thanks again for the upload.

  • Howard

    My dad received one of these albums during an employee get together to promote the “New Eastern”. It was held at the Dade County Auditorium in Miami sometime during the mid sixties. I was a teenager then and he took me along. All the big wigs were there praising the new direction the airline was headed and getting the guys and gals pumped up for bigger and better things. Amazing to hear these cuts again after so many decades. Good work and thanks.

  • I love this! Thanks so much for providing it for us! Makes me want to go slip on my Lilly Pulitzer caftan and make a martini!



  • Mark

    Great music thanks! We are buying a 60’s house!

  • WWA

    Any way to find this now…..

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