Winners

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)

Held during a period of tremendous cultural transition for the country and only a matter of months before the Summer of Love, the 9th Annual GRAMMY Awards reflected a certain amount of love and peace between music’s past, present and future. This was, for instance, a year when The Academy recognized the achievements of both the Chairman of the Board and the Fab Four. Sinatra’s recording of “Strangers in the Night” was named Record of the Year and Sinatra: A Man and His Music was awarded Album of the Year. Sinatra also received the Best Vocal Performance, Male, award for “Strangers in the Night.”

The Song of the Year GRAMMY, on the other hand, went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for “Michelle” recorded by the Beatles, and McCartney also won the Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female, for “Eleanor Rigby” — with that abbreviation of “rock and roll” in parentheses perhaps grammatically reflecting some slight ambivalence about the rock music now impacting the pop categories. The Beatles’ groundbreaking Revolver was also honored for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts, for the work of Klaus Voormann, a friend of the band since their days in Hamburg, Germany.

When “The Best on Record” show aired in May, it too reflected the marked duality of the music that was on the airwaves in 1966. After a show introduction from Steve Lawrence in which he noted, “If music happens to be your bag, I know we couldn’t drive you away from this set with a long-playing used car commercial,” Tony Randall introduced the first musical number of the show: a retro yet trippy performance of “Winchester Cathedral” by the New Vaudeville Band, which won the Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording, despite not being terribly R or R. During the song, at least one member of the group could be seen sipping tea. Afterwards, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits fame noted, “I must be honest, personally I found them a bit raucous—musically.”

Restoring some order, Robert Preston, star of Meredith Willson’s Music Man, introduced a candle-lit performance by Eydie Gorme, the GRAMMY winner for Best Vocal Performance, Female (“If He Walked Into My Life”)—a decision that he declared was “more unanimous than a Russian election.” The win for Jerry Herman in the Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album for Mame was celebrated with a rousing appearance by Louis Armstrong singing the Broadway smash’s title song. Actress Edie Adams saucily referenced Herman’s earlier success with Hello, Dolly! by noting, “He scored with Dolly and he scored with Mame and got a GRAMMY for both—which makes him one of the most celebrated bigamists on Broadway.”

After singing a few bars of “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” Frankie Avalon and Buddy Greco joked that anyone who sings like Ray Charles was “Italian, whether he wants to be or not.” They then introduced Charles as “one of the greatest Italian singers,” before the Genius of Soul performed his classic version of “Crying Time” for which he had won the GRAMMYs for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording and Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female. The most surreally intriguing introduction on this “Best on Record,” however, had to be Liberace’s comments before a fantastically psychedelic rock video for “Strawberry Fields Forever” was played: “England has produced a variety of talent ranging all the way from Richard Burton to Twiggy. This next group is somewhere in between.”

On a show where almost every presenter and performer wore formal evening wear, Liberace continued a running joke about the wild fashions currently enjoyed by the younger generation. The long-haired Beatles, he said, could take some credit for kicking off the Carnaby Street mod clothing fad “that all the kids are wearing today. I guess if you’re young and enjoy wearing garish clothing, there’s really no harm in it,” he said.

Before introducing the Anita Kerr Singers—winners of the Best Performance by a Vocal Group (“A Man and a Woman”)—comedian Godfrey Cambridge got off a few topical lines, again taking a swing at the hippies’ affinity for long hair and boots: “I guess you’ve heard that the Mamas and the Papas are expecting a baby. They can hardly wait. It’ll be the first time they really know which is the Mamas and which is the Papas.” (The California quartet took home the Best Contemporary [R&R] Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental, GRAMMY for their radiant hit “Monday, Monday.”)

Pat Boone then awarded Ella Fitzgerald the Bing Crosby Award for outstanding artistic contribution, after which she performed “Satin Doll” and “Don’t Be That Way,” bedecked in a shimmery red gown. She was ably backed by the telecast’s music director, Les Brown, who helmed the show’s house band.

Finally, Sammy Davis Jr. wrapped up the hour with a true touch of Rat Pack genius as only he could. Dramatically smoking a cigarette, Davis explained, “A phonograph record can be a magical thing. It can make you laugh, make you cry, lift you up, let you down easy. It can make you wig out, and even more important—if you’ve got the right kind of sounds, man—it can make her wig out over you.”

Record Of The Year
 
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Strangers In The Night

Frank Sinatra, artist. Jimmy Bowen, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
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A Man And His Music

Frank Sinatra, artist. Sonny Burke, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
John Lennon, GRAMMY winner, Paul McCartney, GRAMMY winner
Michelle

John Lennon & Paul McCartney, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Theme
 
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Batman Theme

Neal Hefti, composer.

Best Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
If He Walked Into My Life

Eydie Gorme, artist.

Best Vocal Performance, Male
 
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Strangers In The Night

Frank Sinatra, artist.

Best Instrumental Performance (Other Than Jazz)
 
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What Now My Love

Herb Alpert, artist.

Best Performance By A Vocal Group
 
winner
A Man And A Woman
Best Performance By A Chorus
 
winner
Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme From Dr. Zhivago)

Ray Conniff, choir director.

Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show
 
winner
Dr. Zhivago

Maurice Jarre, composer.

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
 
winner
Mame

Jerry Herman, composer.

Best Comedy Performance
 
winner
Wonderfulness

Bill Cosby, artist.

Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording
 
winner
Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers Vol. I The War Years

Edward R. Murrow, narrator.

Best Recording For Children
 
winner
Dr. Seuss Presents - "If I Ran The Zoo" And "Sleep Book"

Marvin Miller, artist.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Sinatra At The Sands

Stan Cornyn, album notes writer.

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Group Or Soloist With Group
 
winner
Goin' Out Of My Head

Wes Montgomery, artist.

Best Original Jazz Composition
 
winner
Duke Ellington, GRAMMY winner
In The Beginning God

Duke Ellington, composer.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording
 
winner
Winchester Cathedral

New Vaudeville Band, artist.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male Or Female
 
winner
Eleanor Rigby
Best Contemporary (R&R) Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
 
winner
Monday, Monday

Mamas And The Papas (Dennis Doherty, "Mama" Cass Elliot, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips), artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
 
winner
Crying Time

Ray Charles, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Male Or Female
 
winner
Crying Time

Ray Charles, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
 
winner
Hold It Right There

Ramsey Lewis, artist.

Best Folk Recording
 
winner
Blues In The Street

Cortelia Clark, artist.

Best Sacred Recording (Musical)
 
winner
Grand Old Gospel

Blackwood Brothers (Cecil Blackwood, James Blackwood Jr., James Blackwood Sr., Tommy Fairchild, Pat Hoffmaster, Ken Turner) & Porter Wagoner, artists.

Best Country & Western Recording
 
winner
Almost Persuaded

David Houston, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance - Female
 
winner
Don't Touch Me

Jeannie Seely, artist.

Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Almost Persuaded

David Houston, artist.

Best Country & Western Song
 
winner
Almost Persuaded

Billy Sherrill & Glenn Sutton, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
What Now My Love

Herb Alpert, arranger.

Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist
 
winner
Strangers In The Night

Ernie Freeman, arranger.

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Strangers In The Night

Eddie Brackett & Lee Herschberg, engineers.

Best Engineered Recording - Classical
 
winner
Wagner: Lohengrin

Anthony Salvatore, engineer.

Best Album Cover, Photography
 
winner
Confessions Of A Broken Man

Robert M. Jones, art director. Les Leverette, photographer.

Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
 
winner
Revolver

Klaus Voormann, graphic artist.

Album Of The Year - Classical
 
winner
Ives: Symphony No. 1 In D Minor

Morton Gould, artist. Howard Scott, producer.

Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 In A Minor

Erich Leinsdorf, artist.

Best Chamber Music Performance - Instrumental Or Vocal
 
winner
Boston Symphony Chamber Players - Works Of Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Fine, Copland, Carter, Piston

Boston Symphony Chamber Players, artist.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Baroque Guitar (Works Of Bach, Sanz, Weiss, Etc.)

Julian Bream, artist.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti, GRAMMY winner
Wagner: Die Walkure

Georg Solti, artist.

Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Handel: Messiah

Robert Shaw, artist. (TIE)

winner
Ives: Music For Chorus

George Bragg, artist. Gregg Smith, choir director. (TIE)

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance (With Or Without Orchestra)
 
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Prima Donna (Works Of Barber, Purcell, Etc.)

Leontyne Price, artist.