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Tony Bennett Wins Grammy for “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”

May 16, 1963 - “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a recording by Tony Bennett (pictured with his family in Englewood, N.J.), was declared the “record of the year” last night by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which announced its annual Grammy awards simultaneously in New York, Hollywood, and Chicago. Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson Riddle” was judged the best female vocal performance. “Columbia Records Presents Vladimir Horowitz” was selected as the best classical album of the year. Vaughn Meader’s satire on the Kennedys, “The First Family,” was voted the album of the year (other than classical). There were awards in 39 categories. Among the other winners were “What Kind of Fool Am I,” composed by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, song of the year; Stan Getz’s “Desafinado,” best jazz performance by a soloist and small group; and Stan Kenton’s “Adventures in Jazz,” best jazz performance by a large group.


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