"As much as sound is important to me as an engineer, it is the performance and the feel that sell the record."

  • Born April 17, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Throughout his career, Al Schmitt has worked with a variety of artists from Henry Mancini, Steely Dan and Toto to Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, and Paul McCartney. His patented engineering work on George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin', helped the album reach the top of the Billboard pop, jazz and R&B charts.

  • Schmitt won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Engineering Contribution for 1962 for Henry Mancini's Hatari soundtrack.

  • Dating back to the 1960s, Schmitt has won GRAMMYs in six consecutive decades. In 2006 he was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award.

  • In 2013 The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing honored Schmitt at An Evening of Jazz in recognition of his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music.

  • Schmitt is a co-chair of the annual Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which supports the music and recording program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles.

Al Schmitt

"As much as sound is important to me as an engineer, it is the performance and the feel that sell the record."

  • Born April 17, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Throughout his career, Al Schmitt has worked with a variety of artists from Henry Mancini, Steely Dan and Toto to Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, and Paul McCartney. His patented engineering work on George Benson's 1976 album, Breezin', helped the album reach the top of the Billboard pop, jazz and R&B charts.

  • Schmitt won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Engineering Contribution for 1962 for Henry Mancini's Hatari soundtrack.

  • Dating back to the 1960s, Schmitt has won GRAMMYs in six consecutive decades. In 2006 he was honored with a Recording Academy Trustees Award.

  • In 2013 The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing honored Schmitt at An Evening of Jazz in recognition of his ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music.

  • Schmitt is a co-chair of the annual Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which supports the music and recording program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles.

GRAMMY Award Results for Al Schmitt

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Wins
Best Surround Sound Album
Live Kisses
 
Wins
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Kisses On The Bottom
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Absence
 
Wins
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
My One And Only Thrill
 
Wins
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Still Unforgettable
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Just A Little Lovin'
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Still Unforgettable
 
Wins
Trustees Award
National Trustees Award - 2006
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
The Ultimate Adventure
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Rock Swings
Best Surround Sound Album
The Girl In The Other Room
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Here We Go Again
Album Of The Year
Genius Loves Company
Best Pop Vocal Album
Genius Loves Company
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Genius Loves Company
Best Surround Sound Album
Genius Loves Company
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Girl In The Other Room
 
Wins
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Live In Paris
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Ask A Woman Who Knows
 
Wins
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Look Of Love
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Absolute Benson (Album)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
When I Look In Your Eyes
Nominations
Album Of The Year
When I Look In Your Eyes (Album)
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Mindfields (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Breath Of Heaven (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Two For The Road (Album)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Q's Jook Joint
Nominations
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Stardust (Album)
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Tambu (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Afterglow (Album)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Unforgettable With Love
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Reflections (Single)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Toto IV
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
FM (No Static At All)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Aja
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Breezin'
 
Nominations
Best Engineered Recording - Other Than Classical
Our Man In Hollywood
 
Wins
Best Engineering Contribution - Other Than Novelty And Other Than Classical
Hatari
Nominations
Best Engineering Contribution - Other Than Novelty And Other Than Classical
Great Band With Great Voices Swing The Great Voices Of The Great Bands (Album)
Best Engineering Contribution - Novelty
The Chipmunk Songbook
 
Nominations
Best Engineering Contribution - Popular Recording
Breakfast At Tiffany's (Album)
Best Engineering Contribution - Popular Recording
Great Band With Great Voices

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