Leap Year 1968

Remember – “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. February has twenty-eight alone. All the rest have thirty-one, except in Leap Year, that’s the time, when February’s days are twenty-nine.”

This is a Leap Year. So was 1968. On February 29, 1968, the Grammy Awards were given to those voted best in the recording industry. There are some very familiar names on the list and perhaps some names you have not heard for some time.
The Beatles won “Album of the Year” with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Here is a clip of the title song performed in the 1968 animated movie “Yellow Submarine.”

The “Song of the Year” went to “Up, Up and Away” by The Fifth Dimension. And “Best New Artist” went to a country singer named Bobbie Gentry for her “Ode to Billy Joe.”  There was also a category called “Best Sacred Performance.”  Here is an audio clip from a few years later where Elvis tells the audience that he won Grammy for “How Great Thy Art.”

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