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Listen to Every Song That Won at the First GRAMMYs

In 1958, the music industry gathered in Beverly Hills and started the most prestigious award show in music. Listen to the songs that won that day

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Frank SINATRA; posed, next to microphone, recording at Columbia Recording studios, Liede
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In the 1950s, organizers behind the Hollywood Walk of Fame realized that there were many people in the music business who contributed to the industry, but lacked the starpower to earn a star on the walk. They decided to form the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and create an award similar to the Oscars and Emmys for music. The Grammys were born.

On May 4, 1959, music's elite gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 1st Annual Grammy Awards. As you wait for the 2014 Grammys, broadcasting live January 26 at 8PM ET on CBS, travel back in time and listen to all the songs that won at the first awards show. 

And come back Grammy night to check out interviews with your favorite artists, photo galleries from the red carpet, the latest news and more.

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Record of the Year: Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)"

If you've been to an Italian wedding or have seen any Italian movie, you've heard this track by Italian singer (and future Italian Parliament member) Domenico Modugno.

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Album of the Year: Henry Mancini's 'The Music from Peter Gunn'

Before the James Bond theme song, there was music from popular crime drama Peter Gunn, now considered one of the most well-known instrumentals in music.

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Best Recording for Children: "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"

The most annoying Christmas song ever recorded was written and sung by Alvin & the Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian (in a high-pitched voice). The song also picked up Grammys for Best Comedy Performance and Best Engineered Record (non-classical) and was a monster hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling nearly 5 million copies.

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Best Musical Composition: Nelson Riddle's "Cross Country Suite"

Nelson Riddle was a composer and bandleader who composed songs for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and others.

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Best Country & Western Performance: The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley"

The Kingston Trio were a popular folk-pop group who helped kickstart the folk revival of the early 1960s. Their version of "Tom Dooley," a North Carolina folk song dating back to the 1920s, hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard R&B charts.

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Best Jazz Performance, Individual: Ella Fitzgerald's 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook'

The First Lady of Song has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won 13 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1967. This album was part of her famed 'Songbooks' series.

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Best Jazz Performance, Group: Count Basie's 'Basie'

Jazz pianist and big band leader Count Basie recorded countless classics throughout his decades-long career, with Basie one of his most renowned.

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Best Original Cast Album (Broadway or TV): 'The Music Man'

The musical about a con man selling band instruments and uniforms to a naive town had already picked up five Tony awards, but the cast album stayed on the Billboard charts for a then-record 245 weeks (?!).

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Best Soundtrack Album: 'Gigi'

Pianist and composer Andre Previn has picked up 11 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award. The German-American musician snagged Best Soundtrack Album for Gigi, based on the popular romantic comedy film.

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Best Album Cover Photography: 'Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely'

So "Best Album Cover Photography" may not be Sinatra's most coveted of his 11 Grammys, but Ol' Blue Eyes did reportedly call Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely one of his favorite albums. The album cover in question depicts the singer as a sad clown.

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Best Vocal Performance, Female: 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook'

Fitzgerald's second Grammy stays in the 'Songbook' series, but this time it's for her take on revered songwriter Irving Berlin.

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Best Vocal Performance, Male: Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star"

Today, 1950s singer Perry Como has become shorthand for the drab balladry that preceded the birth of rock n' roll. But the singer was immensely popular in his time. "Catch a Falling Star" was Como's last No. 1 hit.

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Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus: Keely Smith & Louis Prima's "That Old Black Magic"

The 1942 song "That Old Black Magic" had already been a standard by the time the first Grammys rolled around, but it was further popularized with this version by jazz singer Keely Smith and singer/trumpeter Louis Prima. Check the video above and good luck finding a group having as much fun as these guys.

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Best Performance by an Orchestra: Billy May's 'Billy May's Big Fat Brass'

Billy May was a composer and trumpeter who wrote music for film and television. He's best known for his work with the era's most popular singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Best Engineered Record (Classical): Laurindo Almeida & Salli Terri's 'Duets with Spanish Guitar'

This one combined the haunting voice of singer Salli Terri with Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida for an album that remains a Brazilian classic.

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Best Rhythm & Blues Performance: The Champs' "Tequila"

The most enduring song on the list was revitalized in 1985 after Pee-wee Herman used the saxophone-blasting, boisterous track in Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Fun fact: Daniel Flores, the song's writer, tried to emulate the track's success a year later with "Margarita." It didn't work.

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Best Performance, Documentary or Spoken Word: Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg was an author, radio DJ and animation voice actor whose career spans from 1944 to the present day. The Stan Freberg Show was a weekly radio comedy show that only lasted 15 episodes in 1957, but was enough to snag the popular comedian a Grammy.

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