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BetteBack March 3, 1975: Bette Midler Presents Stevie Wonder With Best Album Of The Year At The Grammy’s

Kingsport Times
March 3, 1975

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Stevie Wonder and Olivia Newton-John took ho.me most of the marbles at Saturday night’s Grammy award presentations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Wonder, the blind rock singer who had his first hit record at the age of 13, was named top male vocalist of 1974. He also won three other awards, including the Best Album of the Year honor for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale.”

Miss Newton-John, who last year was named the best female country vocalist, won the Record of the Year Award for her “I Honestly Love You.” She was also named the best female pop vocalist for 1974.

Another multiple winner was Marvin Hamlisch. This year Hamlisch took top prize in four categories, one more than he won last year. His awards were for Best New Artist of the Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his piano version of Scott Joplin’s “The
Entertainer,” Best Original Movie Score for “The Way We Were,” and Best Song of the Year with Marilyn and Alan Bergman for “The Way We Were.”

It was the same old song for Aretha Franklin who won the Best Female Rhythm V Blues Vocal Grammy .for the seventh straight year. This time around it was for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”

Other awards went like this:

Best Male Country Performer: Ronnie Milsap.
Best Female Country Performer: Anne Murray.
Best Country Group: Pointer Sisters for “Fairytale.”
Best Country Song:”A Very Special Love Song.”
Best Inspirational Song: “How Great Thou Art” by Elvis Presley.
Best Gospel Song: “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”by the Oak Ridge Boys.
Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording: “Two Days in November” by Doc and Merle Watson.
Best Big Band Recording: Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd.”
Best Pop Vocal by a group:”Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings.
Best Instrumental Composition: “Tubular Bells,”the theme from the movie The Exorcist, by Mike Oldfield.
Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Vocal by a group: “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus.
Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Instrumental: “TSOP” by MFSB.
Best Jazz Group: the Oscar Peterson trio.
Best Jazz Soloist: the late Charlie Parker for “First Recordings!”
Best Original Cast Album: “Raisin,” by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan.
Best Spoken Word Album: “Good Evening,” the now-closed Broadway show of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
Best Pop Arrangement: Joni Mitchell for “Down to You.”
Best Comedy Album: “That Nigger’s Crazy” by Richard Pryor.
Best Children’s Album: “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,” read by Sebastian Cabot and Sterling Holloway.
Best Soul Gospel Song: “In the Ghetto,” by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.
Best Classical Album: “Berlioz: Symphonic Fantastique ” by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony.
Best Orchestra Recording: same record by Sir Georg and the Chicago Symphony.

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