The Rushmore Report: First Grammy Awards – This Day in 1959

The Grammy Awards have become an American institution. But it hasn’t always been that way. There was a time when there was no such thing as the Grammy Awards. That all changed on this day in history – 58 years ago. Televised by ABC, hosted by Mort Sahl, and held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, the awards night recognized musical accomplishments for 1958. Let’s have fun – these were the winners.

Record of the Year – Domenico Modugno for Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu

Album of the Year – Henry Mancini for The Music from Peter Gunn

Song of the Year – Domenico Modugno for Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu

Best Recording for Children – Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. for The Chipmunk Song

Best Country & Western Performance – The Kingston Trio for Tom Dooley

Best Jazz Performance – Ella Fitzgerald for The Duke of Ellington Songbook

Best Album Cover – Frank Sinatra for Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely

Best Vocal Performance – Perry Como for Catch a Falling Star

Best Performance by a Dance Band – Count Basie for Basie


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