8 Things You Don't Know About The GRAMMYs (Or At Least Forgot)
(The following is featured in the List Issue of GRAMMY magazine. For more lists, read the full issue here.)
By Paul Grein
Their One & Only
Four artists won Record Of The Year for their one and only single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. USA For Africa's "We Are The World" (1985) was the only single released by that all-star collective. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema" (1964) was Gilberto's only chart hit. That was also the fate of Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" (1988) and Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" (1997).
(Not Quite) Album Of The Year
U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind is the only album to spawn two Record Of The Year winners: "Beautiful Day," the 2000 champ, and "Walk On," the 2001 winner. The album was nominated for Album Of The Year in 2001, but the award went to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Host With The Most
Kenny Rogers played a winning hand on Feb. 27, 1980. He hosted the 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards and won a GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for "The Gambler." He remains the only person to host and win the same night.
Our Man In Hollywood
You probably know that Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn (1958) was the first Album Of The Year winner. But you may not know that it is the only instrumental album to win Album Of The Year.
No Outside Help Needed
Toto's "Rosanna" (1982), Paul Simon's "Graceland" (1987) and "Somebody That I used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012) are the only Record Of The Year winners that were written and produced by the artists, without any billed collaborators.
There Are No Words
Two instrumentals have won Record Of The Year — Percy Faith And His Orchestra's shimmering "The Theme From A Summer Place" (1960) and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' propulsive "A Taste Of Honey" (1965). But did you know that an instrumental once won for Song Of The Year? Ernest Gold's "Theme From Exodus" took the award in 1960. Current rules are that songs have to have both music and lyrics to qualify.
The Long & Short Of It
You could play the shortest recording to win Record Of The Year three times in the time it would take to play the longest. The shortest winner, Henry Mancini's melancholy "Days Of Wine And Roses" (1963), clocks in at 2:05. The longest, USA For Africa's "We Are The World" (1985), runs 6:22.
Will They Run Out Of GRAMMYs?
Bon Iver (2011) are the largest ensemble to win a GRAMMY for Best New Artist. The eight-member group tops two six-member groups, Men At Work (1982) and Arrested Development (1992), and three quintets, Bruce Hornsby And The Range (1986), Maroon 5 (2004) and Zac Brown Band (2009).
(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist based in Los Angeles, writes the weekly Chart Watch column for Yahoo.com.)