1967 Winners

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)

The 10th Annual GRAMMY Awards were notable on many levels, and not simply because this award year marked the first decade of GRAMMY history. This was also, for instance, a wide-ranging year of winners in which the formerly scandalous rocker Elvis Presley won Best Sacred Performance for his How Great Thou Art album, Republican Illinois Senator Everett M. Dirksen won Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording (Gallant Men), while veteran horror movie great Boris Karloff received the GRAMMY for Best Recording For Children for what has become the holiday perennial Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

With comedian Stan Freberg emceeing the Los Angeles dinner awards announcement that preceded “The Best On Record” show, the 10th GRAMMY Awards would also prove a suitably high-flying year for the vocal group the 5th Dimension who achieved impressive upward mobility by taking home no less than four GRAMMYs for their rendition of Jimmy Webb’s “Up, Up And Away”—Record Of The Year, Best Performance By A Vocal Group, Best Contemporary Single and Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal Or Instrumental)—while Webb’s song itself was named Song Of The Year. As if that wasn’t enough for Webb, the Johnny Mann Singers’ rendition of “Up, Up And Away” also took the GRAMMY for Best Performance By A Chorus.

This year would also prove the scant degrees of separation and the broad connections between musical genres.

Webb was also responsible for “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” for which Glen Campbell won Best Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance. And Campbell’s winning ways didn’t end there as his version of John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind” was named Best Country & Western Recording, and Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male. Spreading the “Gentle” love further, the GRAMMYs for Best Folk Performance and Best Country & Western Song were bestowed on Hartford himself.

Future Glen Campbell duet partner Bobbie Gentry also enjoyed an exceedingly warm welcome to the GRAMMYs, winning Best Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance for her startling and cryptic story song “Ode To Billie Joe,” as well as the GRAMMY for Best New Artist. The awards presentations were made at dinners in four cities this year: Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, with performers ranging from Woody Herman and Ramsey Lewis to Joe Tex and the Mothers Of Invention.

Some group by the name of the Beatles, meanwhile, did fairly fabulously themselves—winning the GRAMMYs for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Album for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—a certified Summer of Love classic that was also recognized with the awards for Best Engineered Recording—Non-Classical for Geoff Emerick and Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts, for art directors Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

The GRAMMYs’ 10th anniversary was duly noted on NBC’s Timex-sponsored “The Best On Record: The GRAMMY Awards Show” (as it was now officially known) when Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry, Chet Atkins and Jack Jones performed a medley of past Song Of The Year winners. This was one highlight in a show in which the outstanding performances ranged from an astounding, soulful rendition of “Dead End Street” by Lou Rawls, winner of the Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male, GRAMMY, and a filmed appearance (taken from a United Nations human rights benefit concert) featuring Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shankar’s West Meets East, which won for Best Chamber Music Performance.

The show continued to reveal the GRAMMYs’ willingness to take some chances, featuring soon-to-become GRAMMY semi-regular Tommy Smothers, then under fire for comments about the Vietnam War and other topics on his own show. In introducing Glen Campbell, Smothers suggested Campbell had won “Best Male Performance,” a comment he finished with a wink and a nod.

This was also the year on “The Best On Record” show when the always-helpful Andy Williams (future host of the first live GRAMMY telecast) tried to sum up what the GRAMMY meant to artists. “These are the GRAMMYs,” Williams explained. “Herb Alpert uses them for earrings. Henry Mancini uses them for doorstops. The Beatles paid off their guru with four or five.” Then referencing his own failure to win a GRAMMY, Williams noted, “LBJ is proudest of me—I haven’t taken any gold out of circulation.” Yet Williams made a more serious point when he went on to say of the GRAMMY, “This is the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony of the recording industry.” Indeed, that was exactly the luster the GRAMMY had now taken on.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Up, Up And Away
Album Of The Year
 
winner
The Beatles, George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

George Martin, producer

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Up, Up And Away

Jimmy L. Webb, songwriter (5th Dimension)

Best Instrumental Theme
 
winner
Mission: Impossible

Lalo Schifrin, composer (Lalo Schifrin)

Best Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Ode To Billie Joe
Best Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Glen Campbell
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Best Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Chet Atkins Picks The Best
Best Performance By A Vocal Group
 
winner
Up, Up And Away
Best Performance By A Chorus
 
winner
Up, Up And Away

Johnny Mann Singers

Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Show
 
winner
Mission: Impossible

Lalo Schifrin, composer (Lalo Schifrin)

Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album
 
winner
Cabaret

Fred Ebb & John Kander, composers; Goddard Lieberson, producer (Joel Grey, Lotte Lenya, Jill Haworth, Jack Gilford , Bert Convy)

Best Comedy Recording
 
Best New Artist
 
winner
Bobbie Gentry
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
 
winner
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group
 
winner
Duke Ellington
Far East Suite
Best Contemporary Single
 
winner
Up, Up And Away
Best Contemporary Album
 
winner
The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance
 
winner
Ode To Billie Joe
Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance
 
winner
Glen Campbell
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal Or Instrumental)
 
winner
Up, Up And Away
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
 
Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Dead End Street
Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
 
Best Sacred Performance
 
winner
Elvis Presley
How Great Thou Art
Best Gospel Performance
 
winner
More Grand Old Gospel
Best Folk Performance
 
winner
Gentle On My Mind
Best Country & Western Recording
 
winner
Glen Campbell
Gentle On My Mind
Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
I Don't Wanna Play House
Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Glen Campbell
Gentle On My Mind
Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio Or Group (Vocal Or Instrumental)
 
Best Country & Western Song
 
winner
Gentle On My Mind

John Hartford, songwriter (John Hartford)

Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording
 
Best Recording For Children
 
winner
Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Alfie

Burt Bacharach, arranger (Burt Bacharach)

Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Or Instrumentalist(s)
 
winner
Ode To Billie Joe

Jimmie Haskell, arranger (Bobbie Gentry)

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Geoff E. Emerick, engineer (The Beatles)

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
winner
The Glorious Sound Of Brass

Edward (Bud) T. Graham, engineer (Philadelphia Brass Ensemble)

Best Album Cover, Photography
 
winner
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

Roland Scherman, photographer; John Berg & Bob (Robert) Cato, art directors (Bob Dylan)

Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
 
winner
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Peter Blake & Jann Haworth, art directors (The Beatles)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Suburban Attitudes In Country Verse

John D. Loudermilk, album notes writer (John D. Loudermilk)

Album Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Berg: Wozzeck

Pierre Boulez, artist; Thomas Z. Shepard, producer

winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Symphony Of A Thousand)

Leonard Bernstein, artist; John McClure, producer

Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
 
winner
Stravinsky: Firebird And Petrouchka Suites

(Columbia Symphony Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
West Meets East
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Horowitz In Concert (Haydn, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy, Mozart, Chopin)
Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Berg: Wozzeck

Pierre Boulez; Thomas Z. Shepard, producer (Choeur Nationale De Paris; National Opera Orchestra Of Paris)

Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat Major (Symphony Of A Thousand)

(London Symphony Choir; London Symphony Orchestra)

winner
Orff: Catulli Carmina

(Temple University Choir; Philadelphia Orchestra)

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
 
winner
Prima Donna, Volume 2

(RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra)