Tag Archives: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Old School: The Mills Brothers

Paper Doll – The Mills Brothers (1942 & 1943)

The Mills Brothers
John, Jr. (1910 – 1936), Herbert (1912 – 1989), Harry (1913 – 1982), Donald (1915 – 1999), John, Sr. (1882 – 1967)

Genre: Jazz / Traditional pop
Origin: Piqua > Ohio > US
Career: 1928-1982
Tidbit: Originally comprised of four brothers, their father stepped in when John, Jr. died from pneumonia. In 1930, they were the first African-American performers to get a network radio show. In 1998, they were recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Old School: Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

Jimi Hendrix
(1942-1970)

Genre: Blues / Psychedelic / Hard rock
Origin: Seattle > Washington > US
Career: 1959–1970
Tidbit: Born Johnny Allen Hendrix (and later renamed James Marshall Hendrix), Hendrix has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top guitarists of all time. He was posthumously awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

Old School: Nat King Cole

The Very Thought of You – Nat King Cole (1958)

Nat King Cole
(1919-1965)

Genre: Vocal jazz / Traditional pop / Jump blues
Origin: Montgomery > Alabama > US
Career: 1935–1965
Tidbit: Born Nathaniel Coles, Cole was the first African-American to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show, in 1956. He was awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Jazz and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame.

Old School: Ray Charles

Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles (1960)

Ray Charles
(1930-2004)

Genre: Blues / Jazz / Country
Origin: Albany > Georgia > US
Career: 1947-2004
Tidbit: Born Ray Robinson, Charles attended the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind, where he developed his musical talent. He’s one of the most recognized artists of all-time:

  • 17 Grammy Awards
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy President’s Merit Award
  • Polar Music Prize
  • Georgia State Music Hall of Fame
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Kennedy Center Honors
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Jazz Hall of Fame
  • National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame
  • George & Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement
  • National Medal of Arts
  • Hit Parade Hall of Fame