AP Was There: The first Grammy awards

The audio industry’s Grammy Awards created its debut on May perhaps 4, 1959, 30 years following the Academy Awards handed out its first Oscar honoring the finest in flicks.

The preliminary Grammy celebration was bicoastal, with events in Los Angeles and New York. A overall of 28 awards had been handed out, the fewest groups at any time and a portion of the 91 being handed out Sunday.

Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., donned black tie for the festivities held in the Beverly Hilton’s grand ballroom. Sinatra only took house just one gramophone trophy soon after obtaining a leading six nominations, for artwork way, not singing. His “Only the Lonely” received most effective album go over.

What follows is The Affiliated Press’ dispatch from the inaugural celebration. Its a reflection of the occasions:


By Bob Thomas

HOLLYWOOD, May 5 (AP) — The freshly formed Recording academy has provided its major award to an Italian, Domenico Modugno, for his “Volare.”

His Decca file was hailed the best of 1959 at the initially annual Grammy awards Monday night. The star-stuffed viewers at the Beverly Hilton appeared surprised but pleased at the academy’s gesture of worldwide excellent will.

“Volare“ was also named greatest large music of the yr.

Various honors went to Californian, Ross Bagdasarian, the Fresno lad whose raucous “Chipmunk Song“ was named ideal comedy functionality, very best children’s recording and finest engineered document.

Double wins were scored by Ella Fitzgerald, who was named finest female vocal performer (“Irving Berlin Track Book”) and cited for the most effective jazz effectiveness (“Ella Sings Duke Ellington.”)

Depend Basie received two awards of his “Basie” album as ideal jazz team functionality and dance band functionality. Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn” also got two awards as finest arrangement and album of the calendar year.

Strong Perry Como was handed the very best male vocal performance award for his “Catch a Falling Star.”

In the youthful set, the Champs’ “Tequila” gained for rhythm and blues efficiency. The Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” scored in the country and Western group.

Van Cliburn was a winner between the very long-hairs for his Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 as ideal classical instrumental efficiency (Concerto-Scale).

The best Broadway and movie albums were being “The New music Man” and “Gigli.”

Other awards Integrated:

Vocal group or refrain — Louis Prima, Keely Smith “That Previous Black Magic” orchestra efficiency — “The Ideal of the Stan Freeberg Shows,” classical instrumental performance (not concerto-scale) — “Segovia Golden Jubilee.”

The fledging academy figures 700 for the report industry’s leaders and artists. The identify Grammy came from the style of the statuettes awarded by the academy.

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