1965 Grammy Award Winners

1965 Grammy Award Winners

Winners Announced: April 13, 1965
Televised: May 18, 1965
Held at: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills
Host/Emcee: Steve Allen
Eligibility Year: December 1, 1963November 30, 1964

Grammy Highlights and Achievements

  • Beatles Invasion: The Beatles won their first Grammy for Best New Artist, officially marking the British Invasion in the American music scene.
  • Jazz Legend Takes the Stage: Stan Getz & João Gilberto’s Getz/Gilberto scored multiple wins, including Album of the Year and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.
  • “Hello, Dolly!” Triumph: Louis Armstrong’s Hello, Dolly! won Song of the Year, beating out stiff competition.
  • Folk Rising: Bob Dylan received recognition with a Grammy for Best Folk Recording for his iconic album The Times They Are A-Changin’.


  • Roger Miller’s Bonanza: The country singer had a big night, taking home five awards, including Best Country & Western Album for Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug.
  • Back-to-Back Host: Steve Allen, well known as the first host of The Tonight Show, returned to host the Grammy ceremony for the second year in a row.
  • Henry Mancini’s Musical Prowess: He continued to cement his reputation, winning Best Original Score for the movie The Pink Panther.
  • Novelty Honors: Allan Sherman’s Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh received the Best Comedy Performance award, adding some lightheartedness to the ceremony.
  • Take our 1965 Quiz!

1965 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
Album of the Year:
Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto (Verve)
Song of the Year:
Hello, Dolly! – Jerry Herman, songwriter
Best New Artist of 1964:
The Beatles
Most Promising New Recording Artist:
Marilyn Horne
Best Vocal Performance, Male:
Hello, Dolly! – Louis Armstrong
Best Vocal Performance, Female:
People – Barbra Streisand
Best Performance By a Vocal Group:
A Hard Day’s NightA Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Best Performance By a Chorus:
The Swingle Singers Going Baroque – Swingle Singers
Best Rock and Roll Recording:
Downtown – Petula Clark (Warner Brothers)
Best Rhythm and Blues Recording:
How Glad I Am – Nancy Wilson (Capitol)
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group or Soloist With Small Group:
Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group or Soloist With Large Group:
Guitar From Ipanema – Laurindo Almeida
Best Original Jazz Composition:
The Cat – Lalo Schifrin, Composer
Best Country and Western Single:
Dang Me – Roger Miller
Best Country and Western Album:
Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug – Roger Miller (Smash):
Best Country and Western Song:
Dang Me – Roger Miller, songwriter
Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Male:
Dang Me – Roger Miller
Best Country and Western Vocal Performance, Female:
Here Comes My Baby – Dottie West
Best New Country and Western Artist of 1964:
Roger Miller
Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording (Musical):
Great GospelGreat Gospel Songs – Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol)
Best Folk Recording:
We’ll Sing in the Sunshine – Gale Garnett (RCA)
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini, arranger
Best Accompaniment Arrangement for Vocalist(s) or Instrumentalist(s):
People – Peter Matz, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz):
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini, Composer
Best Instrumental Performance, Non-Jazz:
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album:
Funny Girl – Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, composers (Capitol)
Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show:
Mary Poppins, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, composers
Album of the Year, Classical:
Bernstein, Symphony No. 3 (‘Kaddish’) – Leonard Bernstein conducting New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Columbia)
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra:
Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor; Berg, ‘Wozzeck’ Excerpts – Erich Leinsdorf conducting Boston Symphony
Best Chamber Performance, Instrumental:
Beethoven, Trio No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 1, No. 1 – Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky; Jacob LateinerJacob Lateiner, pianist
Best Chamber Music Performance, Vocal:
It Was a Lover and His Lass, Morley, Byrd and others – Noah GreenbergNoah Greenberg conducting New York Pro MusicaNew York Pro Musica
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
Prokofiev, Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin, Isaac Stern; Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra
Best Performance, Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra):
Vladimir Horowitz Plays Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin (Beethoven, Sonata No. 8 Pathetique; Debussy, Preludes; Chopin, Etudes and ScherzosScherzos 1’4) – Vladimir Horowitz
Best OperaOpera Recording:
Bizet, Carmen – Herbert von Karajan conducting Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; solos: Price, Corelli, Merrill and Freni (RCA)
Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera):
Britten, A Ceremony of Carols – Robert Shaw conducting Robert Shaw Chorale
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance (With or Without Orchestra):
Berlioz, Nuits d’Ete Falla: El Amor Brujo, Leontyne Price – Fritz Reiner conducting Chicago Symphony
Best Classical Composition By a Contemporary Composer:
Samuel Barber – Concerto
Best Comedy Performance:
I Started Out as a Child – Bill Cosby
Best Documentary, Spoken Word or Drama Recording (Other Than Comedy):
BBC Tribute  to John F. Kennedy, That Was the Week That Was, cast (Decca)
Best Recording for Children:
Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (Buena Vista)
Best Album Cover:
People – Robert Cato, art director; Don Bronstein, photographer (Columbia)
Best Album Cover, Classical:
Saint-SaënsSaint-Saëns, Carnival of the Animals; Britten, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Robert Jones, art director; Jan Balet, graphic artist (RCA)
Best Album Notes:
Mexico (Legacy Collection) – Stanton Catlin and Carleton Beals, annotators (Columbia)