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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2006) — Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award were announced today by The Recording Academy®. The Doors, Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most renowned and prominent recordings in the world," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "Their contributions exemplify the highest artistic and technical standards that have positively affected the music industry and music fans."

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors lifelong artistic contributions to the recording medium while the Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity. Both awards are decided by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing members and The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Formal acknowledgment of these special merit awards will be made at an invitation-only ceremony during GRAMMY Week, as well as during the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
Joan Baez — As one of the most accomplished interpretive folk singers of the '60s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career that is still going strong after more than 45 years. Possessed of an instantly recognizable soprano, Baez has received eight gold albums, a gold single, six GRAMMY Award nominations, and the 2003 Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter Governors Award.

Booker T. & The MG's (Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, *Al Jackson, Booker T. Jones, and Lewie Steinberg) — As the house band at Stax Records in Memphis, Booker T. & The MG's had tight, impeccable grooves that can be heard on classic hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Carla Thomas, to name a few. They also were one of the top instrumental outfits of the rock era, recording classics including "Green Onions," "Time Is Tight," and "Hang 'Em High." As a band that featured two blacks and two whites playing as a cohesive group in the highly-charged south of the '60s, they set an example of how music can transcend social ills.

Maria Callas — Among her contemporaries, Maria Callas had the deepest comprehension of the classical Italian style, the most musical instincts and the most intelligent approach, with exceptional dramatic powers. She had a wide range from high E to the F below the staff, and an innate feel for the style of bel canto roles, but she was most notable for bringing a commitment and intensity to her dramatic portrayals that was unprecedented at the time. Her fame has transcended the usual boundaries of classical music, and she has been the inspiration for several movies, an opera, and a successful Broadway play.

Ornette Coleman — One of the most notable figures in jazz history, American jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman is considered one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the '60s. He has influenced virtually every saxophonist of a modern disposition and nearly every jazz musician of the following generation. Coleman's timbre is one of the most easily recognized in jazz: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on the blues. From the beginning, his music and playing were unorthodox, and his sense of harmony and chord were not as rigid as most swing music or bebop performers and were easily changed and often implied. His growing reputation placed him at the forefront of jazz innovation, and free jazz was soon considered a new genre.

The Doors (John Densmore, Bobby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and Jim Morrison) — As one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the '60s, The Doors' music included socially, psychologically and politically influenced lyrics. The band formed in 1965 — when Morrison and Manzarek were film students at UCLA — with a sound that was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice with which he sang his highly poetic lyrics. Blending blues, classical, Eastern music, and pop into sinister but beguiling melodies, the band sounded like no other. The group's first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire," was a massive success, and endures as one of the most exciting, groundbreaking recordings of the psychedelic era. The Doors' music and Morrison's legend continue to fascinate succeeding generations of rock fans.

The Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir) — The Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love and harmony across the globe for more than four decades. The ultimate cult band, the Dead were known for their unique and eclectic songwriting style, fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, psychedelia, and gospel, and for live performances, featuring long jams. The band released more than 50 albums, and was music's top-grossing live act year after year. As strong and passionate supporters of numerous educational and humanitarian charities, they established the Rex Foundation. Today, more than 10 years after Jerry Garcia's death, the legions of fans — called Dead Heads — have only grown larger and stronger.

Bob Wills — Bob Wills' name will forever be associated with Western swing. He is credited with popularizing the genre and changing its rules. Wills' band, The Texas Playboys, combined dance music, blues, jazz, pop, and country into a uniquely popular form. The band gained fame playing for eight years on a Tulsa, Oklahoma radio station and ultimately influenced generations of country and pop artists with its iconoclastic approach and individual sound.

[Published on: 12/20/06]

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FormulaOBX Wed 12/20/2006 11:39AM
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Long live the Grateful Dead.

Luthur starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 12:14PM
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A Lifetime Grammy? Typically, the Grammy's are a completely irrelevant organization that gives out fake awards every year. From the listing here it appears they have quite a bit more sense in doling out Lifetime awards.

EVILFUNK Wed 12/20/2006 12:24PM
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finally, a reason to bring up the grammies on jambase! i think the GD deserved one in 1987! i doubt any one at the grammys really cares about Ornette Coleman but his shit is dope as fuck. Jerry was all into him. i think the record with Pat Metheney is tone dialing...i think thats the one hes on...there may be others. Trey went on Pat Metheney tour once. i read about it. funny.

Hey, youall ever hear of the Jammies? thats the real deal. the jambands .com people do it for the love of music! no hollywood bullshit!

OysterDead starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 12:35PM
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Nothin Left To Do But SMILE SMILE SMILE!!!

jgo starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 01:06PM
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The Ornette/Metheny album is called Song X and is awesome. They released a 20th anniversary version last year with lots of yummy bonus stuff.

blower starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 02:28PM
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Jerry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The man with the soul! Never had such a good time! They deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for entertainment. Too bad it does not exist.

Sueshi starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 04:41PM
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What about Pigpen? He was a member of the Dead, too. No honor for him?

lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 09:39PM
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Jerry Garcia was not just into Ornette Coleman.. He was actually on one of his records! Virgin Beauty (1988)

lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 09:46PM
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To make another jamband connection to all of this talk... One of the best fusion drummers around today G. Calvin Weston is on the Virgin Beauty album with Ornette and Jerry. This is the same Calvin Weston who has performed with : Billy Martin of MMW, Les Claypool, DJ Logic, Skerik, Mike Dillon. Check him out!

Matthew Jaworski starstarstarstar Thu 12/21/2006 08:57AM
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Matthew Jaworski

Yeah, the Grammys are pretty much irrelevant and unnecessary, but (as far as a Lifetime Achviement class is concerned) the Dead, Doors, Ornette Coleman, and Maria Callas is pretty cool class to be in.

cocheese Thu 12/21/2006 11:14AM
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why does everybody always forget about Pigpen? he was a founding member and was the frontman for years until his wild lifestyle caught up with him. is this the dead's first grammy?

EVILFUNK star Sat 12/23/2006 12:25PM
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right, i heard of Virgin Beauty before but somhow it slipped my memory...still never heard it or seen it around ever. i love to hear it! sounds sick!

sixstringbrad Sat 12/23/2006 01:12PM
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God Bless The Dead!

EVILFUNK Sat 12/30/2006 09:45AM
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