Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
In the weeks leading up to the telecast, we will take a stroll down music memory lane with GRAMMY Rewind, highlighting the "big four" categories — Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist — from past awards shows. In the process, we'll examine the winners and the nominees who just missed taking home a GRAMMY, while also shining a light on the artists' careers and the eras in which the recordings were born.
Join us as we take an abbreviated journey through the trajectory of pop music from the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1959 to last year's 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
5th Annual GRAMMY Awards
May 15, 1963
Album Of The Year
Winner: Vaughn Meader, The First Family
Tony Bennett, I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Ray Charles, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music
Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd, Jazz Samba
Allan Sherman, My Son, The Folk Singer
For the only time in GRAMMY history, two comedy recordings were among the Album Of The Year nominees. Meader won the award (and a second award for Best Comedy Performance) for his best-seller, The First Family, which tweaked President Kennedy and his family. (Kennedy would be assassinated a little more than six months later.) Sherman was nominated for his debut album, My Son, The Folk Singer, which kicked off a series of hit albums, including My Son, The Celebrity and My Son, The Nut. Charles was nominated for the second time in three years for his genre-bridging Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. The album spawned the Top 5 hits "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "You Don't Know Me." Tenor sax player Getz and guitarist Byrd were nominated for their instrumental album, Jazz Samba, which spawned the No. 1 hit "Desafinado." Bennett rounded out the category with I Left My Heart In San Francisco, which was built around his hit title song. (Three of the "losing" nominees would go on to win in this category in the future. Getz won in 1964 for Getz/Gilberto; Bennett in 1994 for MTV Unplugged; and Charles, posthumously, in 2004 for Genius Loves Company.)
Record Of The Year
Winner: Tony Bennett, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
Ray Charles, "I Can't Stop Loving You"
Nat "King" Cole, "Ramblin' Rose"
Sammy Davis Jr., "What Kind Of Fool Am I"
Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd, "Desafinado"
Joe Harnell And His Orchestra, "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova"
Bennett had bigger hits than "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," but the elegant ballad quickly became his signature song. Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" was the biggest hit from his groundbreaking album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. It was his second Record Of The Year nomination in three years, following "Georgia On My Mind." Davis was nominated for "What Kind Of Fool Am I," which Anthony Newley had introduced in the musical "Stop The World — I Want To Get Off." Cole was nominated for the warm "Ramblin' Rose," one of his last big hits before his untimely death in 1965. Two bossa nova-style instrumental hits rounded out the category: Getz and Byrd's "Desafinado" and Joe Harnell And His Orchestra's "Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova." (Three of the "losing" nominees won in other categories. Charles won for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording; Getz for Best Jazz Performance — Soloist Or Small Group (Instrumental); and Harnell for Best Performance By An Orchestra — For Dancing.)
Song Of The Year
Winner: Sammy Davis Jr. and also Anthony Newley, "What Kind Of Fool Am I"
Shirley Bassey and by Della Reese, "As Long As He Needs Me"
Tony Bennett, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
Peggy Lee, "The Sweetest Sounds"
Sandy Stewart, "My Coloring Book"
For the first time in GRAMMY history, three of the Song Of The Year finalists originated in stage musicals. Newley introduced "What Kind Of Fool Am I" (which he co-wrote with Leslie Bricusse) in "Stop The World — I Want To Get Off." Georgia Brown sang "As Long As He Needs Me" (written by Lionel Bart) in "Oliver!" Diahann Carroll introduced "The Sweetest Sounds" (written by Richard Rodgers) in "No Strings." All three of these songs were subsequently covered by other artists. Davis had a big hit with "What Kind Of Fool Am I." Bassey and Reese also recorded "As Long As He Needs Me." (Davis also had a hit with it, with the title amended to "As Long As She Needs Me.") Lee was among the other artists who recorded "The Sweetest Sounds." Stewart and Kitty Kallen both had big hits with "My Coloring Book" (written by Fred Ebb and John Kander). Bennett had a classic hit with "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" (written by George Cory and Douglass Cross).
Best New Artist
Winner: Robert Goulet
The Four Seasons
The New Christy Minstrels
Peter, Paul & Mary
Despite their Album Of The Year nominations (and chart-topping albums), comics Meader and Sherman proved no match for Goulet, who had soared to stardom in 1960 as Sir Lancelot in "Camelot." Goulet also had a string of hit albums starting in 1962. Peter, Paul & Mary and the New Christy Minstrels were at the forefront of the folk music boom. Peter, Paul And Mary hit the Top 10 in 1962 with "If I Had A Hammer," which was written by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. The New Christy Minstrels charted with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." Both acts won GRAMMYs. Peter, Paul And Mary won for Best Folk Recording and Best Performance By A Vocal Group. The New Christy Minstrels won for Best Performance By A Chorus. The Four Seasons reached No. 1 with their first three pop hits, "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like A Man." The musical "Jersey Boys," which told their story in song, opened on Broadway in 2005.
GRAMMY Rewind: 1958