1969 Grammy Award Winners


1969 Grammy Award Winners

Winners Announced: March 12, 1969
Televised “Best On Record”: May 5, 1969
Held at: Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville & New York
Opening/Closing: Rowan and Martin
Eligibility Year: November 2, 1967November 1, 1968

Musical Highlights and Achievements

  • By the Time I Get to Phoenix Emerges Victorious: Glen Campbell’s hit album won the Album of the Year, highlighting the influence of country-pop during this period.
  • Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson: The iconic song from The Graduate won Record of the Year.
  • Jazz Legend Gets Recognized: Duke Ellington won Best Original Jazz Composition for “In the Beginning God,” marking a significant win for the jazz community.

Trivia and Noteworthy Moments

  • Comedy Duo: Rowan and Martin, popular for their sketch comedy show Laugh-In, served as the Opening and Closing act, adding humor to the proceedings.
  • A Night of Firsts: José Feliciano snagged Best New Artist, making history as the first artist to win that category with an album primarily sung in Spanish.
  • Cross-Genre Appreciation: The Grammys were diverse this year, with winners spanning from jazz and country to rock and folk, reflecting the eclectic musical tastes of the late ’60s.
  • Take our 1969 Quiz!

1969 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Album of the Year:
By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell (Capitol)
Song of the Year:
Little Green Apples – Bobby Russell, songwriter
Best New Artist of 1968:
José Feliciano
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
Light My Fire – José Feliciano
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
Do You Know the Way to San Jose – Dionne Warwick
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group:
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Best Contemporary Pop Performance, Chorus:
Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood (medley), Alan Copeland Singers
Best Contemporary Pop Performance, Instrumental:
Classical Gas – Mason Williams
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding and Steve Cropper, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental:
Cloud Nine – The Temptations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group or Soloist With Small Group:
Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Bill Evans Trio
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group or Soloist With Large Group:
And His Mother Called Him Bill – Duke Ellington
Best Country Song:
Little Green Apples – Bobby Russell, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
Harper Valley P.T.A. – Jeannie C. Riley
Best Country Performance, Duo or Group Vocal or Instrumental:
Foggy Mountain Breakdown – Flatt and Scruggs
Best Sacred Performance:
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere – Jack Hess
Best Gospel Performance:
The Happy Gospel of the Happy Goodmans, Happy Goodman Family
Best Soul Gospel Performance:
The Soul of Me – Dottie Rambo
Best Folk Performance:
Both Sides Now – Judy Collins
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
Classical Gas – Mike Post, arranger
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):
MacArthur Park – Jimmy L. Webb, arranger
Best Instrumental Theme:
Classical Gas – Mason Williams, composer
Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album:
Hair, Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermott, composers (RCA)
Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special:
The Graduate, Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, composers
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra:
Boulez Conducts Debussy, Pierre Boulez conducting New Philharmonia Orchestra
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Gabrieli, Canzoni for Brass, Winds, Strings and Organ, E. Power Biggs with Edward Tarr Ensemble and Gabrieli Consort; Vittorio Negri, conductor
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With or Without Orchestra):
Horowitz on Television, Vladimir Horowitz
Best Opera Recording:
Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Erich Leinsdorf conducting New Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus; solos: Price, Raskin, Troyanos, Milnes, Shirley and Flagello (RCA)
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera):
The Glory of Gabrieli, Vittorio Negri conducting Gregg Smith Singers and Texas Boys Choir; George Bragg directing Edward Tarr Ensemble with E. Power Biggs
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance:
Rossini Rarities, Montserrat Caballe; Carlo Felice Cillario conducting RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Best Comedy Recording:
To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Bill Cosby (Warner Bros.)
Best Spoken Word Recording:
Lonesome Cities, Rod McKuen (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts)
Best Album Cover:
Underground, John Berg and Richard Mantel, art directors (Columbia)
Best Album Notes:
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash, annotator