1962 Grammy Award Winners

1962 Grammy Award Winners

Winners Announced: May 29, 1962
Held at: Chicago, Los Angeles and New York
Host: Frank Sinatra
Eligibility Year: December 1, 1960November 30, 1961

Music Highlights and Achievements

  • Sinatra’s Hosting Charm: The Rat Pack’s very own Frank Sinatra took on the hosting duties, adding a layer of elegance and swagger to the ceremony.
  • Henry Mancini’s Night: Composer Henry Mancini dominated with his Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack, including the iconic song “Moon River.”
  • Judy Garland’s Comeback: Judy Garland won Album of the Year for her live recording Judy at Carnegie Hall, marking a powerful comeback in her career.
  • Ernest Gold’s Exodus: The song “Exodus” by Ernest Gold from the movie of the same name, grabbed Song of the Year, showing that film music could also steal the Grammy spotlight.

Trivia

  • Multiple City Hosting: This was one of the early Grammy ceremonies to be held in multiple cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
  • Peter Nero’s Break: Pianist Peter Nero won Best New Artist, a huge boost to his budding career.
  • Mancini’s Run: Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” also won at the Oscars, a rare feat of capturing both film and music industry accolades.
  • Sinatra’s Debut: This was Frank Sinatra’s first time hosting the Grammys, making the event particularly special for Ol’ Blue Eyes fans.

1962 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
Moon River, Henry Mancini
Album of the Year:
Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland (Capitol)
Song of the Year:
Moon River, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, songwriters
Best New Artist of 1961:
Peter Nero
Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male:
Lollipops and Roses, Jack Jones
Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female:
Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland
Best Performance By a Vocal Group:
High Flying, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross
Best Performance By a Chorus:
Great Band With Great Voices, Johnny Mann Singers and Si Zentner Orchestra
Best Rock and Roll Recording:
Let’s Twist Again, Chubby Checker (Parkway)
Best Rhythm and Blues Recording:
Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles (ABC/Paramount)
Best Jazz Performance, Soloist or Small Group (Instrumental):
André Previn Plays Harold Arlen, André Previn
Best Jazz Performance, Large Group:
West Side Story, Stan Kenton
Best Original Jazz Composition:
African Waltz, Galt MacDermott, composer
Best Country and Western Recording:
Big Bad John, Jimmy Dean (Columbia)
Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording:
Everytime I Feel the Spirit, Mahalia Jackson (Columbia)
Best Folk Recording:
Belafonte Folk Singers at Home and Abroad, Belafonte Folk Singers (RCA)
Best Performance By an Orchestra for Dancing:
Up a Lazy River, Si Zentner
Best Performance By an Orchestra for Other Than Dancing:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Henry Mancini
Best Arrangement:
Moon River, Henry Mancini, arranger
Best Instrumental Theme or Instrumental Version of a Song:
African Waltz, Galt MacDermott, composer
Best Original Cast Show Album:
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser, composer (RCA)
Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Score From a Motion Picture or Television:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Henry Mancini (RCA)
Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television:
West Side Story, Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (Columbia)
Album of the Year, Classical:
Stravinsky Conducts, 1960: Le Sacre du Printemps; Petrouchka, lgor Stravinsky conducting Columbia Symphony (Columbia)
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra:
Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe, Charles Munch conducting Boston Symphony Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Chamber Music:
Beethoven, Serenade, Op. 8; Kodaly, Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7, Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (With Orchestra):
Bartók, Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Isaac Stern; Eugene Ormandy conducting Philharmonic Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Duo (Without Orchestra):
Reverie for Spanish Guitars, Laurindo Almeida
Best Opera Recording:
Puccini, Madame Butterfly, Gabriele Santini conducting Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra (Capitol)
Best Classical Performance, Choral:
Bach, B Minor Mass, Robert Shaw conducting Robert Shaw Chorale
Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist:
The Art of the Prima Donna, Joan Sutherland; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli conducting Royal Opera House Orchestra
Best Contemporary Classical Composition (tie):
Discantus, Laurindo Almeida, composer
Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, composer
Best Comedy Performance:
An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Elaine May
Best Documentary or Spoken Word Recording (Other Than Comedy):
Humor in Music, Leonard Bernstein conducting New York Philharmonic Symphony (Columbia)
Best Recording for Children:
Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, Leonard Bernstein conducting New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Columbia)
Best Album Cover:
Judy at Carnegie Hall, Jim Silke, art director (Capitol)
Best Album Cover, Classical:
Puccini, Madame Butterfly, Marvin Schwartz, art director (Angel)