A Different Throwback

We’ve got a few timeless treasures stacked up today, but in all honesty, there are also a few clunkers, thanks to the 1965 Grammy Awards for songs released in 1964.

Today’s Grammy Awards are all but a total joke, but it wasn’t much better back in the early days of rock and roll when Grammy voters had absolutely no clue how to relate to it.

For example, these singles did not receive Grammy nominations for Record of The Year even though all of them reached #1 on the Hot 100: The Everly Brothers’ “All I Have to Do Is Dream” in 1958. In fact, the Everly Brothers never won a Grammy in competition. The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in 1965. The Stones finally received their first Grammy nod (in any category) in 1978. Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” in 1971. Not only was this classic not nominated for Record of The Year, it wasn’t nominated in any category. In fact, Stewart wasn’t nominated in any category until 1979.

You can add The Doors’ “Light My Fire” in 1967. The Doors never received a Grammy nomination, though they received a lifetime achievement award in 2007. Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay” in 1968. This tender, posthumous smash won two Grammys — best rhythm & blues vocal performance, male and best rhythm & blues song — but wasn’t nominated for Record of The Year award. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” in 1967. This immortal classic was not even nominated for Record of The Year.

So what happened at the 1965 Grammy Awards, and in particular, one category, may have been shocking, it was far from the only time the Grammys screwed up.

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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Throw Up Back Thursday

Doors – Dionne Warwick
Chuck Berry – Jimmy Clanton
Beatles – Neil Young
Roger Miller
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Petula Clark – Norman Greenbaum
Chipmunks – Bob Dylan

Comments (18)

  1. Rosa-Lee Gould

    Proof that the songs you like the best don’t necessarily have to be award winners. Truth be I don’t believe I have ever watched the Grammy Awards but I do listen to music I like. Thanks for the lesson, music & memories Ray. 🙂 🙂 Lee & Ted

    1. Ray (Post author)

      I watched the Grammys years ago but haven’t seen them for about 25 years since I don’t recognize the music they play. You’re right about the music you like is what really matters. Rock The Day! 🥰🥰

  2. Jim Waters

    Chipmunks?…really? What were they smoking or using? Ha! There was so very much more music that was a lot more deserving. Makes you wonder how the Grammy Committee selects the music to be considered, then how they select the winners. I’m not an award show watcher.

    Thanks for the lessons!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Well Jim, I hope you enjoyed a few of the songs. 🙂 🥰

  3. Sandy Gaither

    Well, this was certainly enlightening and educational! I did like most of the music, but I can’t honestly say that every single song was pleasing to me. I really don’t understand how the chipmunks made it as a Grammy winner. What a travesty! And of course, there were others that one out over songs that I felt, were much better, and I listened to them more often. Bob Dylan is always entertaining. Thanks so much for this, I learned a lot. And as always, I end with, you’re the best! 😘

    1. Ray (Post author)

      I’ll make your day, Sandy, and tell you the Beach Boys have NEVER won a Grammy Award! 🥰

  4. Mary Helen Hawthorne

    There are no words…
    As you said there is no accounting for taste!
    This medley surely had an aura of disappointment
    Haven’t seen the Grammys for years, this medley showed how voting devalued the award immeasurably

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Mary Helen 🥰
      Tomorrow should be very pleasing for you!

  5. Nancy Garbati

    Loved them all and don’t understand why. Thanks for taking us back to the best days in music.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Nancy ❤️
      I’m sure the Chipmunks song didn’t have you doing cartwheels 🤣

  6. Fred

    Well Ray you did light my fire!! I have not watched the Grammys in years and won’t!! How they pick and choose is beyond me!! On a good note my new chair dancin’ is coming right along!! When we were younger we never needed anybody’s help!! Wow how things have changed!! Nancy is a Neil young fan!! Me I am ok with him but that’s ok!! I won’t get into the pick that year!! Anyway as always great picks today!! We are going to go downtown!! Off we go!!
    Love ya

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Fred 🥰
      I promise tomorrow will be much more pleasing!
      I hope downtown went well for you!
      Love Ya!

  7. Penny

    Loved the selection today!! The “Chipmunks” had some cute songs BUT I can only take so much and this song was king a like fingernails on a chalkboard for me .. LOL
    Rock on my friend and have a wonderful day!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Penny 🥰
      Fingernails on a chalkboard … Perfect description!
      Rock On and have a lovely evening!

  8. Rose

    LOL …. Throw UP Thursday 😉

    Loved Jimmy Clanton. I will never forget seeing him in person and getting that special autograph.

    I agree with Penny about the Chipmunks.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Rose ❤️
      I think everyone agrees with Penny! 🙂
      I know how much Jimmy’s song means to you. ❤️

  9. Pat Conant

    Never have watched the grammy awards, but some of their choices are pretty bad, including the Chipmunks. Loved Jimmy Clanton, also.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Pat 🥰
      Any Grammy voter who chose that hideous Chipmunk song over the other nominees should never have been able to vote again!

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