1961 Grammy Award Winners

1961 Grammy Award Winners
Winners Announced: April 12, 1961
Held in: Los Angeles and New York
Host/Emcee: Mort Sahl
Eligibility Year: September 1, 1959 – November 30, 1960

1961 Grammy Winners
Record of the Year:
Theme From A Summer Place, Percy Faith
Album of the Year:
Button Down Mind, Bob Newhart (Warner Bros.)

Song of the Year:
Theme From Exodus, Ernest Gold, songwriter

Best New Artist of 1960:
Bob Newhart

Best Performance By a Pop Single Artist:
Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles

Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Male:
Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles (ABC)

Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Female:
Mack the Knife, Ella Fitzgerald (Verve)

Best Vocal Performance, Album, Male:
Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles (Atlantic)

Best Vocal Performance, Album, Female:
Mack the Knife?Ella in Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald (Verve)

Best Performance By a Vocal Group:
We Got Us, Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence

Best Performance By a Chorus:
Songs of the Cowboy, Norman Luboff Choir

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance:
Let the Good Times Roll, Ray Charles

Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group:
West Side Story, André Previn

Best Jazz Performance, Large Group:
Blues and the Beat, Henry Mancini

Best Jazz Composition of More Than Five Minutes:
Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis and Gil Evans, composers

Best Performance By a Band for Dancing:
Dance With Basie, Count Basie

Best Country and Western Performance:
El Paso, Marty Robbins

Best Performance, Folk:
Swing Dat Hammer, Harry Belafonte

Best Performance By an Orchestra:
Mr. Lucky, Henry Mancini

Best Arrangement:
Mr. Lucky, Henry Mancini, arranger

Best Show Album (Original Cast):
The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, composers (Columbia)

Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Music Score From Motion Picture or Television:
Exodus, Ernest Gold, composer (RCA)

Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast From Motion Picture or Television:
Can-Can, Cole Porter, composer (Capital)

Best Classical Performance, Orchestra:
Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, Fritz Reiner conducting Chicago Symphony

Best Classical Performance, Vocal or Instrumental:
Chamber Music Conversations With the Guitar, Laurindo Almeida

Best Classical Performance, Concerto or Instrumental Soloist Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat, Sviatoslav Richter; Erich Leinsdorf conducting Chicago Symphony

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Duo (Other Than Orchestral):
The Spanish Guitars of Laurindo Almeida, Laurindo Almeida

Best Classical Opera Production:
Puccini, Turandot, Erich Leinsdorf conducting Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra; solos: Tebaldi, Nilsson, Björling and Tozzi

Best Classical Performance, Choral (Including Oratorio):
Handel, The Messiah, Sir Thomas Beecham conducting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist:
A Program of Song, Leontyne Price

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:
Orchestral Suite From Tender Land Suite, Aaron Copland, composer

Best Comedy Performance (Spoken Word):
Button Down Mind Strikes Back, Bob Newhart

Best Comedy Performance (Musical):
Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris, Jo Stafford and Paul Weston

Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy):
F.D.R. Speaks, Robert Bialek

Best Album Created for Children:
Let’s All Sing With the Chipmunks, David Seville (Liberty)

Best Album Cover:
Latin a la Lee, Marvin Schwartz, art director (Capitol)