Winners

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)

On April 13, 1965, the British Invasion was officially complete.

While the 7th Annual GRAMMY Awards may not have constituted a complete surrender to the Beatles and their English fellow travelers, it didn’t take long for the GRAMMYs to acknowledge the stunning impact of the Fab Four following their American arrival in 1964. John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves won two GRAMMY Awards—Best New Artist and Best Performance By A Vocal Group for “A Hard Day’s Night.” Furthermore, the group’s wider cultural impact was further recognized indirectly when the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Recording—Special or Novel Effects was presented to engineer Dave Hassinger for The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles.

“The Best on Record” television special for the year also reflected the Brave New Fab World of 1964. After noting that the show was bringing together “the Great Society of the recording industry,” Steve Allen explained at the start that this was a time in music when “it doesn’t hurt if you’re a Beatle or a Chipmunk or something like that. For people it’s a little tougher.” In fact, it wasn’t hard to miss a certain anti-rock condescension creeping into the proceedings when Allen—who won the Best Original Jazz Composition for “Gravy Waltz” with Ray Brown the previous year—added, “Sometimes I put on the Rolling Stones just so I can turn them off.”

The Stones did not win a GRAMMY or appear on “The Best on Record,” but the Beatles memorably did. First, there was an introduction from famed Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Arthur Fiedler who noted, “Until recently longhair has always been used as a term referring to classical music. Lately it seems to have an entirely different meaning. The new longhairs have a new sound, a new beat and, to say the least, very new haircuts.” The show then cut to Twickenham Film Studios in London where the Beatles were filming their second movie, Help! Peter Sellers—a favorite comic hero of the group—was at the studios to present the Fabs with their two GRAMMYs, or as he called them, “Grandma Awards.” Sellers and the boys proceeded to quip quite happily, before the Beatles broke into a slightly crazed version of the World War I standard “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” For the record, the Beatles did not sweep the Rock Awards—interestingly, the Best Rock & Roll Recording went to fellow Brit Petula Clark for “Downtown.”

Certainly it wasn’t all about rock and roll at the 7th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The bossa nova beat was still all the rage, with Record of the Year going to “The Girl from Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz and Album of the Year going to the Getz/Gilberto album by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. The Song of the Year GRAMMY, meanwhile, went to Jerry Herman for “Hello, Dolly!” as recorded by Louis Armstrong. When Armstrong had to cancel an appearance on “The Best on Record” at the last minute, producer George Schlatter and his team delivered an excellent late substitute to sing the song—Jimmy Durante. This was followed directly by an amusing appearance by Woody Allen who had been nominated for Best Comedy Performance. “My wrists are completely healed,” Allen explained of his loss to Bill Cosby (I Started Out As a Child). As Allen wryly noted, “It’s a thrill for me to be included in this fantastic tribute being paid to the recording industry by the recording industry.”

Speaking of fantastic tributes, this year’s “The Best on Record” ended with one richly deserved salute to the late great Nat “King” Cole who had died of lung cancer on February 15, 1965. Steve Allen returned to the screen to point out that Cole had been one of the founders and one of the first members of the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy. Sammy Davis Jr. then beautifully paid his respects to Cole by singing a medley of his unforgettable and timeless songs.

Record Of The Year
 
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The Girl From Ipanema

Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, artists.

Album Of The Year
 
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Getz/Gilberto

João Gilberto & Stan Getz, artists.

Album Of The Year -- Classical
 
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Bernstein: Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish"

Leonard Bernstein, artist.

Song Of The Year
 
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Hello, Dolly!

Jerry Herman, songwriter.

Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz)
 
winner
Henry Mancini, GRAMMY winner
The Pink Panther Theme

Henry Mancini, composer.

Best Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Hello, Dolly!

Louis Armstrong, artist.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
 
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Getz/Gilberto

Stan Getz, artist.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
 
winner
Guitar From Ipanema

Laurindo Almeida, artist.

Best Original Jazz Composition
 
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The Cat

Lalo Schifrin, composer.

Best Instrumental Performance - Non-Jazz
 
winner
Henry Mancini, GRAMMY winner
The Pink Panther

Henry Mancini, artist.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Henry Mancini, GRAMMY winner
The Pink Panther

Henry Mancini, arranger.

Best Accompaniment Arrangement For Vocalist(s) Or Instrumentalist(s)
 
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People

Peter Matz, arranger.

Best Performance By A Vocal Group
 
Best Performance By A Chorus
 
winner
The Swingle Singers Going Baroque

The Swingle Singers, artist.

Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show
 
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Mary Poppins

Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman, composers.

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
 
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Funny Girl

Bob Merrill & Jule Styne, composers.

Best Comedy Performance
 
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I Started Out As A Child

Bill Cosby, artist.

Best Documentary, Spoken Word Or Drama Recording (Other Than Comedy)
 
winner
BBC Tribute To John F. Kennedy

That Was The Week That Was (Cast), narrator.

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Getz/Gilberto

Phil Ramone, engineer.

Best Engineered Recording - Special Or Novel Effects
 
winner
The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles

Dave Hassinger, engineer.

Best Album Cover- Other Than Classical
 
winner
People

Bob (Robert) Cato, art director. Don Bronstein, photographer.

Best Recording For Children
 
winner
Mary Poppins

Dick Van Dyke & Julie Andrews, artists.

Best Rock & Roll Recording
 
winner
Downtown

Petula Clark, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
 
winner
How Glad I Am

Nancy Wilson, artist.

Best Folk Recording
 
winner
We'll Sing In The Sunshine

Gale Garnett, artist.

Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical)
 
winner
Great Gospel Songs

Tennessee Ernie Ford, artist.

Best New Artist Of 1964
 
winner
The Beatles, GRAMMY winners
The Beatles
Best Country & Western Single
 
Best Country & Western Album
 
winner
Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female
 
winner
Here Comes My Baby

Dottie West, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Male
 
Best Country & Western Song
 
winner
Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
Dang Me

Roger Miller, songwriter.

Best New Country & Western Artist Of 1964
 
Best Album Notes
 
winner
Mexico (Legacy Collection)

Carleton Beals & Stanton Catlin, album notes writers.

Best Performance - Orchestra
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 5/Berg: Wozzeck Excerpts

Erich Leinsdorf, artist.

Best Chamber Performance - Instrumental
 
winner
Beethoven: Trio No. 1 In E Flat, Op. 1 #1

Gregor Piatigorsky & Jascha Heifetz, artists.

Best Chamber Music Performance - Vocal
 
winner
It Was A Lover And His Lass

Noah Greenberg, artist.

Best Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 In D

Isaac Stern, artist.

Best Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz, GRAMMY winner
Vladimir Horowitz Plays Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin
Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Bizet: Carmen

Herbert von Karajan, artist.

Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols

Robert Shaw, choir director.

Best Vocal Soloist Performance (With Or Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Berlioz: Nuits D'Ete (Song Cycle)/Falla: El Amor Brujo

Leontyne Price, artist.

Best Composition By A Contemporary Composer
 
winner
Barber: Piano Concerto

Samuel Barber, composer.

Best Engineered Recording
 
winner
Britten: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra

Douglas Larter, engineer.

Best Album Cover - Classical
 
winner
Saint-Saens: Carnival Of The Animals/Britten: Young Persons Guide To The Orchestra

Robert M. Jones, art director. Jan Balet, graphic artist.

Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist
 
winner
The Age Of Bel Canto: Operatic Scenes (Boyngne, cond.)

Marilyn Horne, artist.