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Fact #157680


Short story:

Four Grammy Awards go to The Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Glen Campbell wins Best Vocal Performance (male) and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal performance for By The Time I Get To Phoenix. A pre-awards dinner event is held in The Hilton Hotel, New York City, USA, with music provided by The Mothers Of Invention and The Woody Herman Orchestra.


Record of the Year - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Album of the Year - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Song of the Year - Up, Up and Away, written by Jimmy L. Webb

Best New artist – Bobbie Gentry

Best Vocal Performance, Male - By the Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell

Best Vocal Performance, Female – Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry

Best Performance By a Vocal Group - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Single - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Album : Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

Best Rhythm and Blues Recording – Respect by Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Group Performance – Soul Man by Sam And Dave

Best Country and Western Song – Gentle On My Mind, written by John Hartford.

Full article:

Frank Zappa : I have the program which says 'Music By Woody Herman; Entertainment by The Mothers of Invention.' They figured it was part of the 'entertainment.' They booed us after we were finished."

I guess everybody thought it would be a good gag. A lot of people were really offended that we were there. There were some people that really liked it. I thought we played very well. I'll tell you a couple of receptive people: there's John McClure, who is head of Classical A+R for Columbia Masterworks, one of the last people in the world I would expect to like what we do, came up—you see we played twice: we played during the show and we played while people were putting their coats on; you know, the relief band. Woody Herman already had packed up, collected his bread and split. We're still honking away - and he said, 'When you get tired of that dipshit label you're on, why don't you come and make a deal with Columbia Masterworks.' I though that was kind of nice of him.

And then Jerry Wexler comes creeping out of the woodwork and he says, 'My son's in college and he has all of your records.' I said, 'Gee, I hope it hasn't affected his work!' He was really nice. He really liked it.
(Source : Rolling Stone interview, April 1968)

Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers Of Invention) : Of all the bands to play at the Grammys, I couldn't understand why it was The Mothers of Invention. It was a Pre-ceremony Dinner held in some hotel and I think we played for about 30 minutes, and I'm telling you Man, we went all the way on that one! We really got out there!
(Source : Jimmy Carl Black, For Mother's Sake, 2013, p. 96)