This is a new segment to look at past Oscar and Grammy winners. I am starting with 1958 because it is the first year of the Grammys (the first Academy Award was in 1929), and it is the 60th anniversary of the Grammys this year. I will just note the major categories and those of special interest.
Held at the Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
Best director – David Lean, The Bridge on the River Kwai
Supporting actress – Miyoshi Umeki for Sayonara (note Ricardo Montalbán’s role)
Actor in a Supporting Role – Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Lawrence Jacoby in Twin Peaks), Peyton Place
From Wikipedia: The show’s producer, Jerry Wald, started cutting numbers from the show to make sure it ran on time. He cut too much material and the ceremony ended 20 minutes early, leaving Jerry Lewis to attempt to fill in the time. Eventually, NBC cut to a re-run of a sports show.
Held at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills.
Best Album Cover – Only The Lonely, Frankie
Best Vocal Performance, Female – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book, Ella Fitzgerald
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance – “Tequila”, The Champs
Best Comedy Performance – “The Chipmunk Song”, David Seville
Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word – The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows, Stan Freburg
Ella Fitzerald won the most awards that year with three in all.
Note there is no rock ‘n’ roll at all in the awards. The first award for rock came in 1961 for Chubby Checker in the “Best Rock & Roll Recording” category.