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
The Girl From Ipanema

Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, artists.

Album Of The Year

Stan Getz & João Gilberto

João Gilberto & Stan Getz, artists.

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

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Leonard Bernstein, artist.

Song Of The Year
Hello, Dolly!

Jerry Herman, songwriter (Louis Armstrong)

Jerry Herman, songwriter.

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

Henry Mancini, composer.

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

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, artist.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group

Stan Getz

Stan Getz, artist.

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

Laurindo Almeida

Laurindo Almeida, artist.

Best Original Jazz Composition
The Cat

Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin, composer.

Best Instrumental Performance - Non-Jazz
Henry Mancini
The Pink Panther

Henry Mancini, artist.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Henry Mancini
The Pink Panther

Henry Mancini, arranger.

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

Barbra Streisand

Peter Matz, arranger.

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

The Swingle Singers

The Swingle Singers, artist.

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

Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke

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

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, Danny Meehan, Kay Medford, Jean Stapleton, John Lankston

Bob Merrill & Jule Styne, composers.

Best Comedy Performance
I Started Out As A Child

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby, artist.

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

That Was The Week That Was (Cast)

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

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto

Phil Ramone, engineer.

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

The Chipmunks

Dave Hassinger, engineer.

Best Album Cover- Other Than Classical

Barbra Streisand

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

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

Arthur Fiedler, conductor

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

Best Recording For Children
Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke & Julie Andrews, artists.

Best Rock & Roll Recording

Petula Clark

Petula Clark, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
How Glad I Am

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson, artist.

Best Folk Recording
We'll Sing In The Sunshine

Gale Garnett

Gale Garnett, artist.

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

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tennessee Ernie Ford, artist.

Best Country & Western Single
Dang Me
Best Country & Western Album
Roger Miller
Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug

Roger Miller, artist.

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

Dottie West

Dottie West, artist.

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

Roger Miller, songwriter (Roger Miller)

Roger Miller, songwriter.

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

Carlos Chavez

Carleton Beals & Stanton Catlin, album notes writers.

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

Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Erich Leinsdorf, artist.

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

Jascha Heifetz, violin; Gregor Piatigorsky, cello (Jacob Lateiner, piano) (Instrumental)

Gregor Piatigorsky & Jascha Heifetz, artists.

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

Noah Greenberg, conductor (Vocal)

Noah Greenberg, artist.

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

Isaac Stern, violin

Isaac Stern, artist.

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

Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Herbert von Karajan, artist.

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

Robert Shaw, conductor

Robert Shaw, choir director.

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

Leontyne Price, soprano

Leontyne Price, artist.

Best Composition By A Contemporary Composer
Barber: Piano Concerto

John Browning

Samuel Barber, composer.

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

Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor

Douglas Larter, engineer.

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

Marilyn Horne, mezzo soprano

Marilyn Horne, artist.