1963 Winners

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)

In a way, the 6th Annual GRAMMY Awards was a victim of the GRAMMY’s own success. The previous year’s “The Best on Record” broadcast—a one-off production to test how well a televised music awards show would fair—was so widely watched that NBC, sponsor Timex, and The Recording Academy began negotiations for a long-term deal for an annual show. Like today, such complex deals involving multiple parties are not executed overnight. As a result, by the time this deal was hammered out, the 6th GRAMMY presentation had come and gone.

Yet despite the lack of TV presence, by the time of the 6th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the music industry’s top honor had become established enough that the awards presentation was marked primarily by major awards going to both artists who had become GRAMMY favorites and fresh voices who were about to become legends.

On the established GRAMMY favorite side, Henry Mancini would win his 12th, 13th, and 14th GRAMMYs during the presentation of the 6th Annual GRAMMYs, all of them for the bittersweet “Days of Wine and Roses,” which won both Record and Song of the Year as well as Best Background Arrangement. The film of the same name was a stark tale of alcohol addiction as told by the usually comedic director Blake Edwards and solidified one of the most productive director/composer partnerships of all-time.

The freshest new voice came in the form of Album of the Year and Best Vocal Performance, Female, winner Barbra Streisand. Her solo debut, The Barbra Streisand Album, was recorded before she was 21 and set the stage for her remarkable run as a singer, actress and stage performer. Her Album of the Year win marked a turning point of sorts. Though Mancini would go on to win six more GRAMMYs in the coming years, one of the albums Streisand beat was Andy Williams’ The Days of Wine and Roses, as well as the Singing Nun—stage name Soeur Sourire, real name Jeanine Deckers—who had a surprise hit with “Dominique,” which did win for Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical), thank God.

Perhaps equally fresh was the first ever GRAMMY win for Quincy Jones, who took Best Instrumental Arrangement for Count Basie’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” Jones would go on to win 26 more GRAMMYs to date. In 2007, Jones commented that this first GRAMMY win remains “a true highlight” in one of music’s most distinguished and enduring careers.

There were also awards (Best Vocal Performance, Male) for Jack Jones’ now politically incorrect “Wives and Lovers,” which included the lyrics “Hey little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup/Soon he will open the door/Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger/You needn’t try anymore,” and the relatively wholesome choice of a cappella classical vocal group Ward Swingle and the Swingle Singers for Best New Artist of 1963.

Yet there was at least one sign that the times were now truly a-changin’, for both the GRAMMY Awards and the culture at large. Peter, Paul And Mary won two GRAMMYs— Best Folk Recording and Best Performance by a Vocal Group—for their version of Dylan’s classic “Blowin’ in the Wind.” And next year, four mop-topped Liverpudlians would emerge to take the Best New Artist award.

By the following year, the winds were blowin’ the GRAMMYs way, and Music’s Biggest Night would be back on the air to stay.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Henry Mancini
Days Of Wine And Roses
Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical)
 
winner
The Barbra Streisand Album
Classical Album Of The Year
 
winner
Britten: War Requiem
Song Of The Year
 
winner
Henry Mancini
Days Of Wine And Roses

Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer, songwriters (Henry Mancini)

Best Instrumental Theme
 
winner
More - Theme From Mondo Cane

Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero & Riz Ortolani, composers (Vic Dana)

Best Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
The Barbra Streisand Album
Best Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Wives And Lovers
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Soloist Or Small Group
 
winner
Conversations With Myself
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group
 
winner
Encore: Woody Herman, 1963
Best Original Jazz Composition
 
winner
Gravy Waltz

Steve Allen & Ray Brown, composers (Steve Allen)

Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing
 
winner
This Time By Basie! Hits Of The 50's And 60's
Best Performance By An Orchestra Or Instrumentalist With Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz Or For Dancing
 
Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Quincy Jones
I Can't Stop Loving You

Quincy Jones, arranger (Count Basie)

Best Background Arrangement (Behind vocalist or instrumentalist)
 
winner
Henry Mancini
Days Of Wine And Roses

Henry Mancini, arranger (Henry Mancini)

Best Performance By A Vocal Group
 
winner
Blowin' In The Wind
Best Performance By A Chorus
 
winner
Bach's Greatest Hits

Ward Swingle (The Swingle Singers)

Best Original Score From A Motion Picture Or Television Show
 
winner
Tom Jones

John Addison, composer (John Addison)

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
 
winner
She Loves Me

Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, composers (Barbara Cook, Barbara Baxley, Jack Cassidy, Daniel Massey, Nathaniel Frey, Ralph Williams, Jo Wilder)

Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
 
winner
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra

(Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Chamber Music
 
winner
Evening Of Elizabethan Music

Julian Bream, artist

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor

Artur Rubinstein, artist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz
The Sound Of Horowitz
Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Erich Leinsdorf (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Choral (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Britten: War Requiem

(Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir & London Symphony Choir; London Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Vocal Soloist (With Or Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Great Scenes From Gershwin's Porgy And Bess

(RCA Orchestra)

Best Classical Composition By A Contemporary Composer
 
winner
Britten: War Requiem

Benjamin Britten, composer

Best Engineered Recording - Classical
 
winner
Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Lewis W. Layton, engineer (Erich Leinsdorf, conductor)

Best Album Cover - Classical
 
winner
Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Robert M. Jones, art director (Erich Leinsdorf, conductor)

Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical
 
winner
The Barbra Streisand Album

John Berg, art director (Barbra Streisand)

Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist
 
winner
Liszt: Concerto No. 1 For Piano & Orchestra (Bernstein, cond.; N.Y. Philharmonic)
Best Comedy Performance
 
winner
Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah
Best Documentary, Spoken Word Or Drama Recording (Other Than Comedy)
 
winner
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

(Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, George Grizzard & Melinda Dillon)

Best Engineered Recording - Other Than Classical
 
winner
Charade

James Malloy, engineer (Henry Mancini)

Best Engineered Recording - Special Or Novel Effects
 
winner
The Civil War, Vol. II

Robert Fine, engineer (Frederick Fennell)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
The Ellington Era

Stanley Dance & Leonard Feather, album notes writers (Duke Ellington)

Best Recording For Children
 
winner
Bernstein Conducts For Young People
Best Rock & Roll Recording
 
Best Country & Western Recording
 
winner
Detroit City
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
 
Best Folk Recording
 
winner
Blowin' In The Wind
Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical)
 
Best New Artist Of 1963
 
winner
Ward Swingle (The Swingle Singers)