GRAMMY Rewind: 10th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The Beatles take home Album Of The Year, while 5th Dimension's "Up, Up And Away" wins Record and Song Of The Year
  • The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Photo: Chris Walter/
    Bobbie Gentry
  • Photo: Chris Walter/
    Glen Campbell
  • Photo: Ron Galella/
    Frank Sinatra
  • Photo: Paul Natkin/
    Jimmy Webb
  • Photo: Bobby Bank/
    5th Dimension's Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo
January 10, 2012 -- 12:33 pm PST

(For a list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

Music's Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

In the weeks leading up to the telecast, we will take a stroll through some of the golden moments in GRAMMY history with the 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 discuss the winners and the nominees who just missed taking home the 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 this year's 53rd telecast. Today, the GRAMMY Awards celebrates its first decade by saluting Sgt. Pepper.

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 29, 1968

Album Of The Year
Winner: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Ed Ames, My Cup Runneth Over
Vikki Carr, It Must Be Him
Frank Sinatra And Antonio Carlos Jobim, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Bobbie Gentry, Ode To Billie Joe

The sergeant was in charge in 1967 as the Beatles' landmark concept album proved unbeatable at the 10th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The Fab Four had earned Best New Artist honors in 1964, and their inspired album, named the No. 1 album of all time by Rolling Stone, beat out an interesting field of nominees. Singer/songwriter Gentry had a big debut year, especially on the strength of the title track of her album, the story of Billie Joe MacAllister's suicide. Carr earned a nomination on the strength of the album that bore her huge hit "It Must Be Him," a bold, plaintive plea for love. Ames found fame originally with the Ames Brothers, a vocal group also featuring brothers Gene, Joe and Vic. On his own with this album, his big baritone took him to No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Finally, a great singer teamed with the contemporary composer of the famed bossa nova for a rich concept album. With impeccable arrangements by Claus Ogerman, the Sinatra/Jobim teaming focused on Jobim songs, including "The Girl From Ipanema," that set the world swaying to the Brazilian beat.

Record Of The Year
Winner: 5th Dimension, "Up, Up And Away"
Ed Ames, "My Cup Runneth Over"
Glen Campbell, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"
Bobbie Gentry, "Ode To Billie Joe"
Frank Sinatra And Nancy Sinatra, "Somethin' Stupid"

There was no escaping the 5th Dimension's "Up, Up And Away" in 1967. Featured on their debut album, the song only made No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but seemed to be the soundtrack of the year. Among the songs it beat out was Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," a torch ballad for the pop/rock generation. Both Ames and Gentry reprised their Album Of The Year nominations with the title songs that made them radio staples. Though she would never crack the pop Top 10 again, Gentry was an early pillar for women in country as she wrote and produced much of her material. Finally, Sinatra received another nomination, this one a duet with daughter Nancy, a hitmaker in her own right. Though some may have found the father-daughter duet about a budding romance a bit odd, "Somethin' Stupid" nevertheless hit No. 1.

Song Of The Year
Winner: 5th Dimension, "Up, Up And Away"
Ed Ames, "My Cup Runneth Over"
Glen Campbell, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix"
Bobbie Gentry, "Ode To Billie Joe"
John Hartford, "Gentle On My Mind"

The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up And Away" won Song Of The Year to go with their Record Of The Year win. Yet, it wasn't the only song written by Jimmy Webb in the running. Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" was also a Webb composition, but the dual nomination didn't keep him from winning, with the award going to "Up …" even though no less than Sinatra called "…Phoenix" the greatest torch song ever written. Despite three General Field nominations and no wins for Gentry to this point, a win was to come based on the presence she created in 1967. "My Cup Runneth Over" (written by Harry Schmidt and Tom Jones, the latter no relation to the sexy Welsh Best New Artist winner of 1965) also earned a nomination. The category was rounded out by "Gentle On My Mind," another Campbell hit, this one written by folk artist John Hartford. A country and bluegrass aficionado, Hartford would ultimately take his ongoing earnings from the hundreds of recordings of "Gentle …" and pursue an idiosyncratic musical career.

Best New Artist
Winner: Bobbie Gentry
5th Dimension
Lana Cantrell
Harpers Bizarre
Jefferson Airplane

Gentry made her GRAMMY mark as the year's Best New Artist against a widely varied panel of contenders. The Australian-born Cantrell never charted a single in the United States, but in 1967 the self-taught Broadway-esque singer was seen as promising enough to gain a nod. Harpers Bizarre was a Santa Cruz, Calif.-bred pop group that scored a big hit with Paul Simon's "(Feelin' Groovy) 59th Street Bridge Song." Equally noteworthy, group member Ted Templeman would later make his mark as a house producer at Warner Bros. Records, working with acts such as the Doobie Brothers and Van Halen. Despite their Record and Song Of The Year wins, the 5th Dimension couldn't quite rise up, up and away in this category. Last but certainly not least were Jefferson Airplane, a key player in San Francisco's summer of love in 1967, which brought counter-culture rock, and the country's youth movement, to mainstream attention. A variation of the group, Starship, would go on to earn a GRAMMY nomination in 1985 for "We Built This City."

Come back to Jan. 12 as we revisit the 20th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

Email Newsletter