1975 Grammy Winners

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)

Held during a year of widespread disco dancing, wide lapels and bicentennial celebration, the 18th Annual GRAMMY Awards were hosted for the sixth time by Andy Williams. By this time, Williams was beginning to express a few complaints—albeit completely comedic ones for his monologue. “Although I’ve never won anything…one should not have to pay for one’s own parking, or share one’s dressing room with the Captain & Tennille’s bulldogs.” And in one of his racier lines, Williams also noted that the GRAMMY Awards were now 18 years old, adding, “So you can now take your GRAMMY across state lines without violating the Mann Act.”

True to Williams’ promise that “we’ll be opening more envelopes than the CIA,” the show got down to business following a rousing first performance of “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole (which would win Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female). Presenters Helen Reddy and Neil Sedaka then revealed that Cole had won the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. Before handing out the award for Best Jazz Performance By A Group—won by Chick Corea & Return To Forever—jazz vocal giants Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé offered one of the evening’s most spontaneous and winning performances with a master class in scatting. Academy President Jay Cooper then introduced Henry Mancini who narrated a tribute to the music of the Windy City, Chicago—from its rich legacy in the blues to classical. Celebrating the music of Academy Chapter cities would be a theme from 1976 through 1979, with Atlanta, Memphis and San Francisco saluted in addition to Chicago.

Producer and director Marty Pasetta peppered the 18th GRAMMY broadcast with a series of psychedelic graphic effects that made even Ray Steven’s rendition of “Misty” feel a little trippy. Indeed there was something nice and trippy about a year in which Stephen Sondheim won Song Of The Year for his Broadway ballad “Send In The Clowns,” while the Best Pop Instrumental Performance GRAMMY went to Van McCoy for “The Hustle.” Disco also emerged victorious in the Best R&B Instrumental Performance category where Silver Convention’s “Fly, Robin, Fly” rose to the occasion. With wins in both pop and R&B categories, disco was starting to show the short-lived hold it would soon have on the music world. Meanwhile, the ever-soulful Earth, Wind & Fire won their first GRAMMY in the Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “Shining Star.” That award was handed out by Aretha Franklin and the Lockers, the funky dance troupe who gave the watching world a little disco lesson.

But this was also a fine night for members of the ’70s singer/songwriter movement. Paul Simon, a defining figure in that genre, won Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, for his work on Still Crazy After All These Years. Janis Ian won Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for her confessional ballad “At Seventeen,” while Larry Alexander, Brooks Arthur and Russ Payne were awarded the Best Engineered Recording—Non-Classical for Ian’s album Between The Lines. Another singer/songwriter on the show was a white-tuxedoed Barry Manilow who performed a crowd-pleasing version of “Mandy” weaving in a bit of “Could It Be Magic” for good mellow measure.

Duos of various sorts also fared well at this GRAMMY show. Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge won Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Lover Please,” and the Captain & Tennille took home the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year for their debut pop smash “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

But ultimately, the most charming thank you of the night came from Paul Simon who earlier performed “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” from a small platform in the audience. Accepting the GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year, Simon thanked a list of people including his producer Phil Ramone and onetime partner Art Garfunkel. In the end, Simon got a tremendous laugh by concluding, “Most of all, I’d like to thank Stevie Wonder, who didn’t make an album this year.”

Record Of The Year
Love Will Keep Us Together

Daryl Dragon, producer

Album Of The Year
Paul Simon, Phil Ramone
Still Crazy After All These Years

Phil Ramone & Paul Simon, producers

Song Of The Year
Send In The Clowns

Stephen Sondheim, songwriter (Judy Collins)

Best New Artist Of The Year
Natalie Cole
Best Instrumental Arrangement
The Rockford Files

Pete Clarence Carpenter & Mike Post, arrangers (Mike Post)

Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens, arranger (Ray Stevens)

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Larry Alexander
Between The Lines

Larry Alexander, Brooks Arthur & Russ Payne, engineers (Janis Ian)

Best Album Package

Jim Ladwig, art director (Ohio Players)

Best Album Notes
Blood On The Tracks

Pete Hamill, album notes writer (Bob Dylan)

Best Album Notes, Classical

Gunther Schuller, album notes writer (Gunther Schuller)

Best Producer Of The Year
Arif Mardin
Best Jazz Performance By A Soloist
Dizzy Gillespie
Oscar Peterson And Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, soloist

Best Jazz Performance By A Group
Chick Corea
No Mystery

Chick Corea & Return To Forever

Best Jazz Performance By A Big Band
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Janis Ian
At Seventeen
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years
Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Lyin' Eyes
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Van McCoy
The Hustle
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
Natalie Cole
This Will Be
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Ray Charles
Living For The City
Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Fly, Robin, Fly
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Betty Wright
Where Is The Love
Best Soul Gospel Performance
Take Me Back

Andrae Crouch & The Disciples

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
Linda Ronstadt
I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
Willie Nelson
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Chet Atkins
The Entertainer
Best Country Song
Chips Moman
(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

Larry Butler & Chips Moman, songwriters (B.J. Thomas)

Best Inspirational Performance
Jesus, We Just Want To Thank You
Best Gospel Performance (Other Than Soul Gospel)
No Shortage
Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Muddy Waters
The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album
Best Latin Recording
Sun Of Latin Music
Best Recording For Children
The Little Prince
Best Comedy Recording
Richard Pryor
Is It Something I Said?
Best Spoken Word Recording
Give 'Em Hell Harry
Best Instrumental Composition

Michel Legrand, composer (Michel Legrand & Phil Woods)

Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
John Williams

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Cast Show Album
The Wiz

Charlie Smalls, composer; Jerry Wexler, producer (Stephanie Mills, Dee Dee Bridgewater)

Album Of The Year, Classical
Georg Solti
Beethoven: Symphonies (9) Complete

Georg Solti, artist; Raymond Minshull, producer

Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete Ballet)

(New York Philharmonic)

Best Opera Recording
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte

Colin Davis; Erik Smith, producer (Royal Opera House Orchestra - Covent Garden)

Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Orff: Carmina Burana

(Cleveland Boys Choir; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus)

Best Chamber Music Performance
Henryk Szeryng
Schubert: Trios Nos. 1 In B Flat, Op. 99 And 2 In E Flat, Op. 100 (Piano Trios)
Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
Ravel: Concerto For Left Hand And Concerto For Piano In G/Faure: Fantaisie For Piano And Orchestra

Alicia De Larrocha, artist (London Philharmonic)

Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Nathan Milstein
Bach: Sonatas And Partitas For Violin Unaccompanied
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

(Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete Ballet)

Milton Cherin, Edward (Bud) T. Graham & Ray Moore, engineers (Pierre Boulez, conductor)