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Music in America: 1960s

The 1960s was an extremely tumultuous decade for America, but that turbulence reverberated not only politically but within the music world as well, resulting in one of the most crucial decades in music.

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The 1960s is perhaps best known for the political unrest thanks to the controversial conflicts of the decade.  Unsurprisingly, the pervasiveness of the political atmosphere permeated itself into the nature of music.  Episodes of great suffering and turmoil like World War II and the Great Depression were protested in song, this inspired a new generation of songwriters to wield music as a weapon against social injustice.  In particular, this emboldened a revival folk music and the redefining of the songwriter.

Before the 60s a songwriter typically played the role of a bard, recalling an event or telling a story.  The spice of protest accentuated a flavor that was more emotionally compelling, with narratives that were less focused on the story but more so on commentary of the story.  This flavor has dominated the pallet of sound to this day.  Perhaps no musician embodies this transition better than Bob Dylan.  Though Dylan was admittedly a poor singer, he became a legend out of the shear potency of the songs that he wrote.  It is because of the powerful talent of musicians like Dylan that audiences began to not only pay attention to songwriters, but remember and celebrate them.

The music scene in the 60s was not only influenced by politics, it was also influenced by the decade preceding it. Rock had begun to take shape in the 50s thanks to the influence of the blues, R&B, and country. The infusion of other genres continued into the 60s creating the previously mentioned folk rock (Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Mamas & the Papas), psychedelic rock (The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix), surf rock (The Beach Boys), and garage rock (The Kingsmen) among others. The 60s also saw the British rock scene break into the mainstream, immortalized as “The British Invasion”, a movement spearheaded by The Beatles in the mid 60s. The 60s was one of the most influential and transformative decades for rock, appropriately capstoned by the Woodstock Festival in 1969.


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8th Annual Grammy Awards

The 8th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on March, 1966 and celebrated the music of 1965.
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Award Winner Nominees
Album Of The Year Frank Sinatra September of My Years
  • Barbra Streisand My Name Is Barbra
  • Eddy Arnold My World
  • Julie Andrews and Cast The Sound of Music
  • The Beatles Help!
Album Of The Year (Classical) Vladimir Horowitz Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, an Historic Return
  • Artur Rubinstein Chopin: 8 Polonaises and 4 Impromptus
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony, with solo by Leontyne Price Strauss: Salome (Dance of the Seven Veils, Interlude and Final Scene); The Egyptian Helen (Awakening Scene)
  • Karl Bohm conducting the Orchestra of German Opera, Berlin Berg: Wozzeck
  • Leopold Stokowski conducting the American Symphony Ives: Symphony No. 4
Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts Silverstein, Lenisdorf, Boston Symphony Bartok: Concerto No. 2 for Violin; Stravnisky: Concerto for Violin
  • Duke Ellington Concert in the Virgin Islands
  • Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra; Copland: Dance Symphony
  • Horowitz at Carnegie Hall Horowitz at Carnegie Hall
  • Thelonious Monk Solo Monk
  • Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic William Tell and Other Favorite Overtures
Best Album Cover, Photography Paul Horn Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts
  • Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
  • Kenny Burrell & Gil Evans Orchestra Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms
  • Thelonious Monk Monk
  • Barbra Streisand My Name Is Barbra
  • Charles Aznavour The Aznavour Story
Best Album Notes Frank Sinatra September of My Years
  • Karl Bohm conducting the German Opera Berg: Wozzeck
  • Earl Hines Grand Terrace Band
  • Adlai Stevenson The Voice of the Uncommon Man
Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist Frank Sinatra It Was A Very Good Year Lyrics
  • Astrud Gilberto Day by Day
  • Vikki Carr Everything I’ve Got
  • Kenny Burrell Greensleeves
  • Jackie Deshannon What The World Needs Now Is Love Lyrics
  • Beatles Yesterday Lyrics
Best Chamber Music Performance (Instrumental Or Vocal) Juilliard String Quartet Bartok: The 6 String Quartets
  • Yehudi Menuhin and members of the Bath Festival Orchestra A Purcell Anthology
  • Erick Friedman, Bruce Prince-Joseph Bach: The 6 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy, Malcolm Frager Mozart/Schumann Recital
  • Isaac Stern, Eugene Istomin, Leonard Rose Schubert: Trio No. 1 in B Flat for Piano
  • Joseph Szigeti, Bela Bartok Sonata Recital by Szigeti and Bartok (Bartok, Beethoven, Debussy)
Best Classical Performance (Choral) Robert Shaw conducting the Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Victor Symphony Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Poulenc: Gloria
  • Robert Page conducting the Temple University Chori; Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra Berlioz: Requiem
  • Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Singverein and Berlin Philharmonic Brahms: A German Requiem
  • Benjamin Britten conducting the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra Britten: Cantata Misericordium
  • Wolfgang Schubert conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Chorus; Rafael Kubelik conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
  • Winner: Robert Shaw conducting the Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Victor Symphony Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Poulenc: Gloria
Best Classical Performance (Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra) Artur Rubinstein (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony) Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
  • Isaac Stern (Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic) Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Hindemith: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Rudolf Serkin (Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony) Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
  • Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Eugene Istomin (Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra) Beethoven: Triple Concerto
  • Leonard Pennario (Previn conducting the Royal Philharmonic) Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp for Piano; Concerto No. 4 in G Minor for Piano
  • Winner: Artur Rubinstein (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony) Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra
Best Classical Performance (Instrumental Soloist Without Orchestra) Vladimir Horowitz Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, an Historic Return
  • Raymond Lewenthal Alkan: Piano Music
  • Glenn Gould Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Vol. 3 (17-24)
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy Chopin Ballades (1-4)
  • Artur Rubinstein Chopin: 8 Polonaises and 4 Impromptus
  • Julian Bream Julian Bream in Concert
Best Classical Performance (Orchestra) Leopold Stokowski conducting the American Symphony Ives: Symphony No. 4
  • Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
  • Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette
  • Morton Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra; Copland: Dance Symphony
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E Flat Minor
Best Classical Vocal Performance With Or Without Orchestra Leontyne Price (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony) Strauss: Salome (Dance of the Seven Veils, Interlude, Final Scene); The Egyptian Helen (Awakening Scene)
  • Anna Moffo (Stokowski conducting the American Symphony) Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne; Rachmaninov: Vocalise; Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
  • Shirley Verrett Falla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs
  • Mirella Freni (Ferraris conducting the Rome Opera House Orchestra) Mirella Freni, Operatic Arias
  • Galina Vishnevskaya (Markevitch conducting the Russian State Symphony Mussorgsky: Songs
Best Comedy Performance Bill Cosby Why Is There Air?
  • Smothers Brothers Mom Always Liked You Best
  • Godfrey Cambridge Them Cotton Pickin’ Days Is Over
  • Earl Doud, Allen Robin Welcome to the L.B.J. Ranch
  • various artists, written by Bob Booker, George Foster You Don’t Have to Be Jewish
Best Composition By A Contemporary Classical Composer Charles Ives Symphony No. 4
  • Benjamin Britten Cantata Misericordium
  • Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms
  • David Diamond String Quartet No. 4
  • William Walton Variations on a Theme by Hindemith
  • Morton Gould World War I Suite
Best Country & Western Album Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller
  • The Jim Reeves Way Jim Reeves
  • More of That Guitar Country Chet Atkins
  • My World Eddy Arnold
  • Father and Son: Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr. Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr.
Best Country & Western Single Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Chet Atkins Yakety Axe (Lyrics)
  • Eddy Arnold Make The World Go Away (Lyrics)
  • Jim Reeves Is It Really Over (Lyrics)
  • Little Jimmy Dickens May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose (Lyrics)
  • The Statler Brothers Flowers On The Wall (Lyrics)
Best Country & Western Song Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Carl Belew, B.J. Moore, Eddie Busch What’s He Doing in My World
  • Lewis Dewitt Flowers on the Wall
  • Neal Merritt May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
  • Ted Harris Crystal Chandelier
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance (Female) Jody Miller Queen Of The House (Lyrics)
  • Wilma Burgess Baby
  • Dottie West Before The Ring On Your Finger Turns Green (Lyrics)
  • Molly Bee Single Girl Again
  • Skeeter Davis Sunglasses (Lyrics)
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance (Male) Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Carl Belew Crystal Chandelier
  • Jim Reeves Is It Really Over (Lyrics)
  • Eddy Arnold Make The World Go Away (Lyrics)
  • Bobby Bare Talk Me Some Sense (Lyrics)
Best Engineered Recording Larry Levine A Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)
  • Richard Bogert, James Malloy Latin Sounds of Henry Mancini (Henry Mancini)
  • Al Pachucki, Chuck Seitz More of That Guitar Country (Chet Atkins)
  • Frank Laico My Name Is Barbra (Barbra Streisand)
  • Lowell Frank September of My Years (Frank Sinatra)
Best Engineered Recording (Classical) Fred Plaut Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, an Historic Return (Vladimir Horowitz)
  • Bernard Keville Gould: Spirituals for Orchestra; Copland: Dance Symphony (Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony)
  • Edward T. Graham Ives: Symphony No. 4 (Stokowski conducting the American Symphony Orchestra)
  • Anthony Salvatore Strauss: Salome; The Egyptian Helen (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony; solo: Leontyne Price)
  • Bernard Keville Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Symphony)
Best Folk Recording Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba
  • Joan Baez There But For Fortune (Lyrics)
  • Miriam Makeba Makeba Sings
  • Pete Seeger Strangers and Cousins
  • Peter, Paul & Mary A Song Will Rise
  • Roscoe Holcomb Roscoe Holcomb: The High Lonesome Sound
  • Womenfolk The Womenfolk at the Hungry 1
Best Gospel Or Other Religious Recording George Beverly Shea & Anita Kerr Quartet Southland Favorites
  • Blackwood Brothers Something Old, Something New
  • Happy Goodman Family What a Happy Time
  • Kate Smith How Great Thou Art
  • Marian Anderson Just Keep on Singing
  • Ralph Carmichael Singers & Orchestra Bob Ashton’s Songs of Living Faith
Best Instrumental Arrangement Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass A Taste Of Honey (Lyrics)
  • Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops A Hard Day’s Night
  • Neal Hefti Girl Talk
  • Si Zentner Orchestra Mission to Moscow
  • Armbruster Orchestra The Shadow of Your Smile
  • Jankowski Orchestra Walk in the Black Forest
Best Instrumental Performance (Non-Jazz) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass A Taste Of Honey (Lyrics)
  • Neal Hefti Girl Talk
  • Henry Mancini The Great Race
  • Horst Jankowski Walk in the Black Forest
  • Chet Atkins Yakety Axe (Lyrics)
Best Jazz Performance (Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group) Duke Ellington Orchestra Ellington ’66
  • Wes Montgomery with String Orchestra Bumpin’
  • Rod Levitt Insight
  • Paul Horn Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts
  • Kenny Burrell, Gil Evans Orchestra Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms
Best Jazz Performance (Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group) Ramsey Lewis Trio The In Crowd
  • John Coltrane A Love Supreme
  • Paul Horn Cycle
  • Paul Desmond, Jim Hall Glad to Be Unhappy
  • Gary McFarland Group Soft Samba
  • Cal Tjader Soul Sauce
Best New Country & Western Artist The Statler Brothers (Lyrics)
  • Jody Miller (Lyrics)
  • Wilma Burgess
  • Norma Jean (Lyrics)
  • Del Reeves (Lyrics)
Best Opera Recording Karl Bohm conducting the Orchestra of German Opera, Berlin (solos: Fischer-Dieskau, Lear, Wunderlich) Berg: Wozzeck
  • Fausto Cleva conducting the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus (solos: Moffo, Bergonzi, Verrett, MacNeil, Tozzi, Flagello) Verdi: Luisa Miller
  • Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic (solos: Nilsson, Windgassen, Fischer-Dieskau) Wagner: Gotterdammerung
  • Richard Bonynge conducting the London Symphony and Chorus (solos: Sutherland, Horne, Alexander, Cross) Bellini: Norma
  • Thomas Schippers conducting the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus (solos: Price, Tucker, Verrett, Merrill, Tozzi, Flagello) Verdi: La Forza del Destino
Best Original Jazz Composition Lalo Schifrin Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts
  • John Coltrane A Love Supreme
  • Wes Montgomery Bumpin’
  • Oscar Peterson Canadiana Suite
  • Eddie Sauter Mickey One
  • Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn Virgin Islands Suite
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Show Robert Armbruster Orchestra The Sandpiper
  • Beatles Help! (Lyrics)
  • Hugo Montenergo Orchestra The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Michel Legrand Orchestra The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra Zorba the Greek
Best Performance By A Chorus Swingle Singers Anyone for Mozart?
  • New Christy Minstrels Chim Chim Cher-ee and Other Happy Songs
  • Henry Mancini Chorus & Orchestra Dear Heart and Other Songs About Love
  • Paul Horn and Chorus Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts
  • Robert Shaw Chorale & Orchestra Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra on Broadway
Best Recording For Children Marvin Miller Dr. Seuss Presents Fox in Sox and Green Eggs and Ham
  • Patrick Muldoon and His Magic Balloon Carmel Quinn
  • Supercalifragelistic Expialidocious Chipmunks (David Seville)
  • Love Songs for Children: A You’re Adorable Diahann Carroll
  • Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree Sterling Holloway, Sebastian Cabot
Best Score From An Original Cast Show Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • David Heneker Half a Sixpence
  • Marian Grudeff, Raymond Jessell Baker Street
  • Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim Do I Hear a Waltz?
  • Walter Marks Bajour
Best Spoken Word Or Drama Recording John F. Kennedy As We Remember Him
  • Adlai Stevenson The Voice of the Uncommon Man
  • Alec Guinness A Personal Choice
  • Chet Huntley, David Brinkley A Time to Keep:’64
  • Margaret Webster The Brontes
  • National Theatre of Great Britain Much Ado About Nothing
Contemporary Rock & Roll Female Vocal Performance Petula Clark I Know A Place Lyrics
  • Barbara Lewis Baby, I’m Yours Lyrics
  • Fontella Bass Rescue Me
  • Lesley Gore Sunshine, Lillipops, and Rainbows
  • Jackie Deshannon What The World Needs Now Is Love Lyrics
Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance The Statler Brothers Flowers On The Wall (Lyrics)
  • Beatles Help (Lyrics)
  • Hermin’s Hermits Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
  • The Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love (Lyrics)
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs Wooly Bully
Contemporary Rock & Roll Male Vocal Performance Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Len Barry 37623
  • Johnny Tillotson Heartaches By The Number (Lyrics)
  • Tom Jones What’s New Pussycat? (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney Yesterday (Lyrics)
Contemporary Rock & Roll Single Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Glenn Yarbrough Baby the Rain Must Fall
  • Jackie Deshannon What The World Needs Now Is Love (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney Yesterday (Lyrics)
  • Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual (Lyrics)
Female Vocal Performance Barbra Streisand My Name is Barbra (Lyrics)
  • Petula Clark Downtown (Lyrics)
  • Nancy Wilson Gentle Is My Love
  • Astrud Gilberto The Astrud Gilberto Album
  • Jackie Deshannon What The World Needs Now Is Love (Lyrics)
Male Vocal Performance Frank Sinatra It Was A Very Good Year (Lyrics)
  • Glenn Yarbrough Baby the Rain Must Fall
  • Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • Tony Bennett The Shadow Of Your Smile (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney Yesterday (Lyrics)
Most Promising New Recording Artist Peter Serkin (Pianist)
  • Shirley Verrett (Mezzo)
  • Raymond Lewenthal (Pianist)
  • Evelyn Lear (Soprano)
  • Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
New Artist Tom Jones (Lyrics)
  • The Byrds (Lyrics)
  • Glenn Yarbrough
  • Marilyn Maye
  • Horst Jankowski
  • Hermans Hermits (Lyrics)
Record Of The Year Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass A Taste Of Honey (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney Yesterday (Lyrics)
  • Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
  • The Ramsey Lewis Trio The ‘In’ Crowd
  • Tony Bennett The Shadow Of Your Smile (Lyrics)
Rhythm & Blues Recording James Brown Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag (Lyrics)
  • Sam Cooke Shake
  • Temptations My Girl (Lyrics)
  • Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour (Lyrics)
  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars Shotgun (Lyrics)
Song Of The Year Paul Francis Webster, Johnny Mandel The Shadow of Your Smile
  • Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn September of My Years
  • John Lennon, Paul McCartney Yeterday
  • Michel Legrand, Norman Gimbel, Jacques Demy I Will Wait for You
  • Roger Miller King Of The Road (Lyrics)
Vocal Group Performance The Anita Kerr Quartet We Dig Mancini
  • The Statler Brothers Flowers On The Wall (Lyrics)
  • Beatles Help! (Lyrics)
  • Hermans Hermits Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (Lyrics)
  • We Five You Were on My Mind

The 9th Annual Grammy Awards

The 9th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on March, 1967 and celebrated the music of 1966.

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Award Winner Nominees
Album Of The Year Frank Sinatra Sinatra: A Man and His Music
  • Barbra Streisand Color Me Barbra
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass What Now My Love (Lyrics)
  • Maurice Jarre Dr. Zhivago
  • The Beatles Revolver
Album Of The Year (Classical) Morton Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony Ives: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor
  • Aaron Coplan conducting the London Symphony Aaron Copland Conducts (Music for a Great City, Statements)
  • Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Choir Handel: Messiah
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
  • Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 10
Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts Beatles Revolver
  • Rifkin directing London Brass Players Baroque Fanfares and Sonatas for Brass
  • Barbra Streisand Color Me Barbra
  • Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony Ives: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor
  • Jazz Crusaders Talk That Talk
Best Album Cover, Photography Porter Wagoner Confessions of a Broken Man
  • Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde (Lyrics)
  • Sandpipers Guantanamera
  • Gary Burton The Time Machine
  • The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! (Lyrics)
Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney Eleanor Rigby (Lyrics)
  • Wes Montgomery Goin’ out of My Head
  • Beach Boys Good Vibrations (Lyrics)
  • Eydie Gorme If He Walked into My Life
  • Nancy Sinatra These Boot Are Made for Walkin’
Best Chamber Music Performance (Instrumental Or Vocal) Boston Symphony Chamber Players Boston Symphony Chamber Players (selections by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Fine, Copland, Carter, Piston)
  • Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky with Leonard Pennario Arensky: Trio in D Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano; Martinu: Duo for Violin and Cello
  • Eugene Istomin, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose Beethoven: Trio No. 6 in B Flat, Op. 97 (Archduke)
  • Erick Friedman, Andre Previn Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano; Debussy: Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano
  • Weller Quartet Haydn: Quartets, Op. 33
Best Classical Performance (Choral) Robert Shaw conducting the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra Handel: Messiah
  • Gregg Smith conducting the Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Gregg Smith Singers, Ithaca College Concert Choir; George Bragg conducting the Texas Boys’ Choir Ives: Music for Chorus (General William Booth Enters Heaven, Wilhelm Pitz conducting the New Philharmonia Chorus; Otto Klemperer conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major
  • Richard Condie directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra Bless This House
  • Colin Davis conducting the soloists, London Symphony Orchestra and Choir Handel: Messiah
Best Classical Performance (Instrumental Soloist With Or Without Orchestra) Julian Bream Baroque Guitar (Bach, Sanz, Weiss, etc.)
  • Ivan Moravec Chopin: Nocturnes
  • Isaac Stern (Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra) Dvorak: Concerto in A Minor for Violin
  • Yehudi Menuhin (Boult conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra) Elgar: Concerto for Violin
  • Raymond Lewenthal Operatic Liszt
Best Classical Performance (Orchestra) Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
  • George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Pierre Boulez, Antal Dorati conducting the BBC Symphony Boulez: Le Soleil des Eaux; Messiaen: Chronochromie; Koechlin: Les Bandar-Log
  • Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic Ives: Fourth of July
  • Morton Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony Ives: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor
  • Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 10
Best Classical Performance (Vocal Soloist) Leontyne Price (Molinari-Pradelli conducting the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra; solos: Barber, Purcell, etc) Prima Donna
  • Judith Raskin (Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra) Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
  • Janet Backer (Morris conducting the London Philharmonic) Mahler: The Youth’s Magic Horn (Das Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • Montserrat Cabelle (Cilario, conductor) Presenting Montserrat Caballe (Bellini and Donizetti arias)
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Schumann: Dichterliebe
Best Comedy Performance Bill Cosby Wonderfulness
  • Archie Campbell Have a Laugh on Me
  • Homer & Jethro Wanted for Murder
  • Mrs. Miller Downtown
  • Don Bowman Funny Way to Make an Album
Best Country & Western Recording David Houston Almost Persuaded (Lyrics)
  • Jack Greene There Goes My Everything (Lyrics)
  • Jeannie Seely Don’t Touch Me
  • Jim Reeves Distant Drums (Lyrics)
  • Leroy Pullins I’m a Nut
Best Country & Western Song Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton Almost Persuaded
  • Dallas Frazier There Goes My Everything (Lyrics)
  • Hank Cochran Don’t Touch Me
  • Roger Miller Husbands And Wives (Lyrics)
  • Tompall Glaser, Harlan Howard Streets of Baltimore
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance (Female) Jeannie Seely Don’t Touch Me
  • Connie Smith Ain’t Had No Loving
  • Loretta Lynn Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin
  • Jan Howard Evil On Your Mind (Lyrics)
  • Dottie West Would You Hold It Against Me
Best Country & Western Vocal Performance (Male) David Houston Almost Persuaded (Lyrics)
  • Ben Colder Almost Persuaded No. 2
  • Jim Reeves Distant Drums (Lyrics)
  • Charley Pride Just Between You And Me (Lyrics)
  • Jack Greene There Goes My Everything (Lyrics)
Best Engineered Recording Cortelia Clark Blues in the Street
  • Eddie Brackett, Lee Herschberg Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra)
  • Dick Bogert Arabesque (Henry Mancini)
  • Phil Ramone Joe Williams and Thad Jones (Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra)
  • Phil Ramone Presenting Thad Jones (Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra)
  • James Malloy The Last Word in Lonesome is Me (Eddy Arnold)
Best Engineered Recording (Classical) Anthony Salvatore Wagner: Lohengrin (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony Pro Musica Chorus and soloists)
  • Bernard Keville Ives: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor (Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony)
  • Anthony Salvatore Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor (Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony)
  • Bernard Keville Varese: Arcana (Martinon conducting the Chicago Symphony)
  • Ernest Oelrich Vivaldi: Gloria in D (Robert Shaw Orchestra and Chorus)
Best Folk Recording Cortelia Clark Blues in the Street
  • Leadbelly Leadbelly
  • Mimi & Richard Farina Reflections in a Crystal Wind
  • Mitchell Trio Violets of Dawn
  • Oliver Smith Oliver Smith
  • Pete Seeger God Bless the Grass
Best Instrumental Arrangement Herb Alpert What Now My Love (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)
  • Henry Mancini Arabesque (Henry Mancini)
  • Neal Hefti Batman Theme (Neal Hefti)
  • John Barry Born Free (John Barry)
  • Bob Florence Michelle (Bud Shank)
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance (Group Or Soloist With Group) Wes Montgomery Goin’ out of My Head
  • Ornette Coleman Trio At the Golden Circle
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra Concert of Sacred Music
  • Bill Evans, Jim Hall Intermodulation
  • John Handy Quartet John Handy Recorded Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival
Best Instrumental Performance (Other Than Jazz) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass What Now My Love (Lyrics)
  • Neal Hefti Batman Theme
  • Roger Williams Born Free
  • Chet Atkins Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles
  • Maurice Jarre Dr. Zhivago (soundtrack)
Best Instrumental Theme Neal Hefti Batman Theme
  • Neal Hefti Batman Theme
  • Alex North Who’s Afraid
  • D.J. Edwards Trumpet Pickin’
  • Henry Mancini Arabesque
  • Priscilla Hubbard Prissy
Best Opera Recording Georg Solti conducting the Vienna Philharmonic (solos: Nilsson, Crespin, Ludwig, King, Hotter) Wagner: Die Walkure
  • Aaron Copland conducting the Choral Arts Society and New York Philharmonic (solos: Clements, Turner, Cassilly, Treigle, Fredericks) Copland: The Tender Land
  • Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony (solos: Konya, Amarca, Gorr, Dooley) Wagner: Lohengrin
  • Francesco Molinari-Pradelli conducting the Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra (solos: Nilsson, Corelli) Puccini: Turandot
  • Istvan Kertesz conducting the London Symphony (solos: Ludwig, Berry) Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle
Best Original Jazz Composition Duke Ellington In the Beginning God
  • Claus Ogerman Jazz Samba
  • Lalo Schifrin Marquis de Sade
  • Bill Evans Time Remembered
  • Bob Brookmeyer ABC Blues
  • John Handy If Only We Knew
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Alex North Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Maurice Jarre Dr. Zhivago
  • Henry Mancini Arabesque
  • John Barry Born Free
  • Sonny Rollins Alfie
Best Performance By A Chorus Ray Conniff & Singers Somewhere, My Love (Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago)
  • Johnny Mann Singers A Man and a Woman
  • Alan Copeland Singers with Count Basie Basie Swingin’, Voices Singin’
  • Henry Mancini, Orchestra & Chorus Henry Mancini Presents the Academy Award Songs
  • Swingle Singers Rococo A’ Go Go
Best Recording For Children Marvin Miller Dr. Seuss Presents: If I Ran the Zoo and Sleep Book
  • Art Linkletter For the Children of the World Art Linkletter Narrates the Bible
  • Marty Gould conducting the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus Happiness Is
  • Original Cast. Moose Charlap, Elsie Simmons, score Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Paul Tripp and Cast The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t
Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance Vocal Or Instrumental Ramsey Lewis Hold It Right There
  • Capitols Cool Jerk
  • Sam & Dave Hold On I’m Comin’ Lyrics
  • James & Bobby Purify I’m Your Puppet
  • King Curtis Spanish Harlem
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording Ray Charles Crying Time (Lyrics)
  • James Brown It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Lyrics)
  • Lou Rawls Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing
  • Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman (Lyrics)
  • Stevie Wonder Uptight
Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance (Male Or Female) Ray Charles Crying Time (Lyrics)
  • James Brown It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Lyrics)
  • Lou Rawls Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing
  • Stevie Wonder Uptight
  • Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman (Lyrics)
Best Sacred Recording (Musical) Porter Wagoner and the Blackwood Brothers Grand Old Gospel
  • Blackwood Brothers How Big Is God
  • Connie Smith Connie Smith Sings Great Sacred Songs
  • George Beverly Shea Southland Songs That Lift the Heart
  • Happy Goodman Family Bigger ‘n’ Better
  • Oak Ridge Boys The Oak Ridge Boys at Their Best
Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album Jerry Herman Mame
  • Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields Sweet Charity
  • Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick The Apple Tree
  • Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn Skyscraper
  • Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion Man of La Mancha
Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow, a Reporter Remembers, Vol. 1, The War Years
  • Edward R. Murrow Edward R. Murrow, a Reporter Remembers, Vol. 1, The War Years
  • Buddy Starcher History Repeats Itself
  • Johnny Sea Day for Decision
  • Lee J. Cobb, Mildred Dunnock Death of a Salesman
Female Vocal Performance Edyie Gorme If He Walked into My Life Today
  • Sandy Posey Born A Woman (Lyrics)
  • Barbra Streisand Color Me Barbra
  • Ella Fitzgerald Ella at Duke’s Place
  • Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Lyrics)
Male Vocal Performance Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night (Lyrics)
  • David Houston – Almost Persuaded (Lyrics)
  • Jim Reeves – Distant Drums (Lyrics)
  • Paul McCartney – Eleanor Rigby (Lyrics)
  • Jack Jones – The Impossible Dream
Record Of The Year Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night (Lyrics)
  • David Houston Almost Persuaded (Lyrics)
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass What Now My Love (Lyrics)
  • The Mamas & The Papas Monday Monday (Lyrics)
  • The New Vaudeville Winchester Cathedral
Rock & Roll Group Performance The Mamas & The Papas Monday Monday (Lyrics)
  • Association Cherish (Lyrics)
  • Beach Boys Good Vibrations (Lyrics)
  • The Sandpipers Guantanamera (Lyrics)
  • Monkees Last Train To Clarksville (Lyrics)
Rock & Roll Recording The New Vaudeville Winchester Cathedral
  • Paul McCartney Eleanor Rigby (Lyrics)
  • Association Cherish (Lyrics)
  • Beach Boys Good Vibrations (Lyrics)
  • Monkees Last Train To Clarksville (Lyrics)
Rock & Roll Solo Performance Paul McCartney Eleanor Rigby (Lyrics)
  • Sandy Posey Born A Woman (Lyrics)
  • Bobby Darin If I Were A Carpenter (Lyrics)
  • Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Lyrics)
  • Dusty Springfield You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Lyrics)
Song Of The Year John Lennon, Paul McCartney Michelle
  • Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder Strangers in the Night
  • John Barry, Don Black Born Free
  • Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion The Impossible Dream
  • Paul Francis Websterr, Maurice Jarre Somewhere, My Love
Vocal Group Performance The Anita Kerr Quartet A Man and a Woman
  • Association Cherish (Lyrics)
  • Beach Boys Good Vibrations (Lyrics)
  • The Sandpipers Guantanamera (Lyrics)
  • The Mamas & The Papas Monday Monday (Lyrics)

Billboard Hot 100 for 1966
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# Title Artist(s)
1 Ballad of the Green Berets SSgt. Barry Sadler
2 Cherish The Association
3 (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration The Righteous Brothers
4 Reach Out I’ll Be There The Four Tops
5 96 Tears ? and the Mysterians
6 Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees
7 Monday, Monday The Mamas and the Papas
8 You Can’t Hurry Love The Supremes
9 Poor Side of Town Johnny Rivers
10 California Dreamin’ The Mamas and the Papas
11 Summer In The City Lovin’ Spoonful
12 Born Free Roger Williams
13 These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Nancy Sinatra
14 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin
15 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra
16 We Can Work It Out The Beatles
17 Good Lovin’ The Young Rascals
18 Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band
19 Hanky Panky Tommy James and the Shondells
20 When a Man Loves a Woman (song) Percy Sledge
21 Paint It Black The Rolling Stones
22 My Love Petula Clark
23 Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
24 Wild Thing The Troggs
25 Kicks Paul Revere and the Raiders
26 Sunshine Superman Donovan
27 Sunny Bobby Hebb
28 Paperback Writer The Beatles
29 See You In September The Happenings
30 You Keep Me Hangin’ On The Supremes
31 Li’l Red Riding Hood Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
32 Devil with a Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
33 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
34 A Groovy Kind of Love The Mindbenders
35 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
36 Cool Jerk The Capitols
37 Born a Woman Sandy Posey
38 Red Rubber Ball The Cyrkle
39 B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas
40 Walk Away Renée The Left Banke
41 Daydream The Lovin’ Spoonful
42 Time Won’t Let Me The Outsiders
43 Hooray for Hazel Tommy Roe
44 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe
45 Bus Stop The Hollies
46 I’m Your Puppet James Bobby Purify
47 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry B.J. Thomas
48 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg The Temptations
49 Dirty Water The Standells
50 Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind
51 I Am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel
52 Crying Time Ray Charles
53 Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
54 The Sound Of Silence Simon and Garfunkel
55 Lady Godiva Peter and Gordon
56 Homeward Bound Simon and Garfunkel
57 Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? The Lovin’ Spoonful
58 Barefootin’ Robert Parker
59 Uptight (Everything’s Alright) Stevie Wonder
60 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
61 Sloop John B The Beach Boys
62 19th Nervous Breakdown The Rolling Stones
63 Wipe Out The Surfaris
64 Psychotic Reaction Count Five
65 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep The Temptations
66 No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) The T-Bones
67 Just Like Me Paul Revere and the Raiders
68 Love Makes the World Go Round Deon Jackson
69 The Pied Piper Crispian St. Peters
70 Coming On Strong Brenda Lee
71 Somewhere My Love Ray Conniff Singers
72 Almost Persuaded David Houston
73 If I Were a Carpenter Bobby Darin
74 Don’t Mess with Bill The Marvelettes
75 Cherry, Cherry Neil Diamond
76 Working In The Coal Mine Lee Dorsey
77 Message to Michael Dionne Warwick
78 Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing Lou Rawls
79 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys
80 Gloria Shadows of Knight
81 My World Is Empty Without You The Supremes
82 Rainy Day Women 12 and 35 Bob Dylan
83 Guantanamera The Sandpipers
84 Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett
85 Oh How Happy The Shades of Blue
86 Woman Peter and Gordon
87 You Baby The Turtles
88 Five O’Clock World The Vogues
89 Black Is Black Los Bravos
90 Nowhere Man The Beatles
91 Dandy Herman’s Hermits
92 Baby Scratch My Back Slim Harpo
93 She’s Just My Style Gary Lewis and The Playboys
94 The More I See You Chris Montez
95 I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
96 Yellow Submarine The Beatles
97 Hungry Paul Revere and the Raiders
98 Zorba the Greek Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
99 Shapes of Things The Yardbirds
100 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) Wilson Pickett