As promised this song was the third R&B Grammy given out in 1966. “Hold It Right There”, as recorded by The Ramsey Lewis Trio, won in the newly created category Best Rhythm and Blues Group, Vocal or Instrumental 1966
This was the second Grammy in a row for The Ramsey Lewis Trio. The Trio had won the 1965 Best Jazz Performance – Small Group or Soloist with Small group for “The In Crowd“: Check out my earlier post to hear the song.
“Hold it Right There”, composed by Richard Evans, came from that smash LP “Wade in the Water”. The title song, IMHO, was the best cut on that LP. I find it odd that the title song did not win the Grammy Award, but Grammy is a wierd animal.
The “WITW” LP went #2 Billboard R&B and #16 Billboard Pop. I vividly recall it being played just about everywhere I went in my community in 1996.
Its also bit odd that this song won In the R&B category since it is performed in Mr. Lewis’ traditional Jazz/pop style. But as I have said before, the Grammys took a long while to get it right and it still isn’t all that it can and should be. I think that is why so many other music awards shows eventually sprang up – to try to correct the perceived wrongs of the Grammy Academy.
Please keep the oldies alive and thank you for visiting.