Winners

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)

As the GRAMMY Awards grew in influence and magnitude, they perhaps inevitably grew in controversy as well. As early as the 8th Annual GRAMMY Awards, signs were already appearing that, like all awards shows, the GRAMMYs could never please everyone. A February 23, 1966, Variety article headlined “Razzberries For GRAMMYs” took The Academy to task for slighting the R&B world in favor of country and western, and for overlooking Bob Dylan, “the single most influential figure in the pop field since Elvis Presley.” In his March 7, 1966, commentary on the GRAMMYs in the Los Angeles Times, Charles Champlin reported on both slights and noted “among the 218 final nominations in the 47 categories there is nary a single one any place for Bob Dylan…The electric-haired poet-composer-performer of ‘Tambourine Man’ and a satchel-full of other recording successes, has to be counted one of the most influential as well as one of the biggest money-spinning talents to emerge big in 1965.” When you consider the fact that among those other 1965 recording successes in Dylan’s satchel was a little something called “Like A Rolling Stone,” it’s hard to argue even all these years later.

In the post-Beatles and Dylan era, the musical and generational range within the pop and rock categories was growing, with certain growing pains perhaps a built-in result. For lovers of surreal juxtapositions, the results could be fascinating. In the Best New Artist category, for instance, Welsh sensation Tom Jones ultimately triumphed over the likes of not just Herman’s Hermits but also jazz pianist and composer Horst Jankowski. History does not record whether Herman’s Hermits and Jankowski drowned their sorrows together at the bar afterwards.

Prior to this “Best on Record” airing, the 8th Annual GRAMMYs were presented at a dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills—with Jerry Lewis on board to emcee—as well as simultaneous events by Recording Academy chapters in New York, Chicago and Nashville.

Thanks in large part to the massive crossover success of his song “King of the Road,” the gifted and witty singer/songwriter Roger Miller was the king of the night. Following his five wins at the 7th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Miller won six more GRAMMYs the second time around during the 8th Awards—Best Country & Western Song, Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male, Best Country & Western Single, Best Country & Western Album, as well as Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Contemporary (R&R) Single. Indeed, “King of the Road” proved so overwhelmingly popular with voters that “Queen of the House,” a soundalike female answer record by Jody Miller (no relation), was itself deemed to be the Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Female.

The Chairman of the Board was also royalty on this GRAMMY night. Frank Sinatra’s brilliantly brooding song cycle September of My Years, produced by Sonny Burke, won Album of the Year, while Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year” also took the award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, over Paul McCartney for his performance on the Beatles’ “Yesterday.”

Another of the big winners at the 8th Annual GRAMMY Awards — Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass — won three awards including Record of the Year for “A Taste of Honey” and were given the honor of being the first musical performers on “The Best on Record” NBC special. No less than Bob Hope opened the show, coyly referring to generational divisions in show business when he noted that the special featured “just about every great artist in the musical world with the exception of Sonny & Cher. We hoped to have them but Sonny didn’t have a tuxedo and Cher wouldn’t loan him hers.” Hope also offered a little history lesson for the new generation of music lovers, holding up an award, and helpfully explaining, “This is a GRAMMY—that’s short for gramophone for those of you who were born post-Frankie Avalon. From this crude hand-cranked instrument has sprung the billion-dollar recording industry.”

Whatever divisions were at work within the industry, there were sublime GRAMMY moments on this “Best on Record” show, none more so than when GRAMMY winner Duke Ellington along with Tony Bennett teamed up to perform “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” On the show, following a tribute from Dinah Shore, Bennett handed Ellington the third ever Bing Crosby Award. In a charming if seemingly scripted moment, Ellington then asked Bennett if he and his group could have “the pleasure of merging our dulcet cacophony with the melodic contour of your aural facet of agreeability.” Ellington and Bennett’s altogether stunning collaboration was so gorgeous a musical merger that watching two masters at work, it was hard to think any controversies or generational tensions could matter.

Record Of The Year
 
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A Taste Of Honey

Herb Alpert*, artist. Herb Alpert* & Jerry Moss, producers.

Album Of The Year
 
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September Of My Years

Frank Sinatra, artist. Sonny Burke, producer.

Album Of The Year -- Classical
 
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Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return

Vladimir Horowitz, artist. Thomas Frost, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
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The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From "The Sandpiper")

Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster, songwriters.

Best Vocal Performance, Female
 
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My Name Is Barbra
Best Vocal Performance, Male
 
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It Was A Very Good Year

Frank Sinatra, artist.

Best Instrumental Performance, Non-Jazz
 
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A Taste Of Honey

Herb Alpert, artist.

Best Performance By A Vocal Group
 
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We Dig Mancini

Anita Kerr Singers, artist.

Best Performance By A Chorus
 
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Anyone For Mozart?

Ward Swingle, artist.

Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show
 
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The Sandpiper

Johnny Mandel, composer.

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
 
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On A Clear Day

Alan J. Lerner & Burton Lane, composers.

Best Comedy Performance
 
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Why Is There Air?

Bill Cosby, artist.

Best Spoken Word Or Drama Recording
 
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John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him

Goddard Lieberson, producer.

Best New Artist
 
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Tom Jones
Best Recording For Children
 
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Dr. Seuss Presents "Fox In Sox" And "Green Eggs And Ham"

Marvin Miller, artist.

Best Album Notes
 
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September Of My Years

Stan Cornyn, album notes writer.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
 
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The "In" Crowd

Ramsey Lewis, artist.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
 
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Duke Ellington, GRAMMY winner
Ellington '66

Duke Ellington, artist.

Best Original Jazz Composition
 
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Jazz Suite On The Mass Texts

Lalo Schifrin, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
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A Taste Of Honey

Herb Alpert, arranger.

Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist
 
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It Was A Very Good Year

Gordon Jenkins, arranger.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Single
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
King Of The Road

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance - Female
 
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I Know A Place

Petula Clark, artist.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance - Male
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
King Of The Road

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance - Group (Vocal Or Instrumental)
 
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Flowers On The Wall

Statler Brothers, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
 
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Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

James Brown, artist.

Best Folk Recording
 
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An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba

Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba, artists.

Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording (Musical)
 
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Southland Favorites

Anita Kerr & George Beverly Shea, artists.

Best Country & Western Single
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
King Of The Road

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Country & Western Album
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
The Return Of Roger Miller

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female
 
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Queen Of The House

Jody Miller, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Male
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
King Of The Road

Roger Miller, artist.

Best Country & Western Song
 
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Roger Miller, GRAMMY winner
King Of The Road

Roger Miller, songwriter.

Best New Country & Western Artist
 
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Statler Brothers, artist.

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
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A Taste Of Honey

Larry Levine, engineer.

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
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Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return

Fred Plaut, engineer.

Best Album Cover - Photography
 
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Jazz Suite On The Mass Texts

Robert M. Jones, art director. Ken Whitmore, photographer.

Best Album Cover - Graphic Arts
 
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Bartók: Concerto No. 2 For Violin/Stravinsky: Concerto For Violin

George Estes, art director. James Alexander, graphic artist.

Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
 
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Ives: Symphony No. 4

Leopold Stokowski, artist.

Best Classical Chamber Music Performance - Instrumental Or Vocal
 
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Bartók: The Six String Quartets - Nos. 1-6

Juilliard String Quartet (Claus Adam, Robert Mann, Samuel Rhodes), artist.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
 
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 In G

Artur Rubinstein, artist.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
 
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Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return
Best Opera Recording
 
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Berg: Wozzeck

Karl Bohm, artist.

Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
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Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms/Poulenc: Gloria

Robert Shaw, artist.

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
 
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Strauss: Salome (Dance Of The Seven Veils, Interlude, Final Scene)/The Egyptian Helen (Awakening Scene)

Leontyne Price, artist.

Best Composition By A Contemporary Classical Composer
 
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Ives: Symphony No. 4

Charles Ives, composer.

Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist
 
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Bach: Goldberg Variations

Peter Serkin, artist.