Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording

The Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording was awarded from 1960 to 1986. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

  • From 1960 to 1961 the award was known as Best Performance - Folk
  • From 1962 to 1967 it was awarded as Best Folk Recording
  • From 1968 to 1970 it was awarded as Best Folk Performance
  • In 1971 and from 1973 to 1974 the award was known as Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording (including traditional blues)
  • In 1972 and from 1975 to 1982 it was awarded as Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording
  • From 1983 to 1986 it was awarded as Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording

In 1987 the award was split into two new awards: the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album and the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

Winners & nomineesEdit

1960sEdit

Year Album Artist(s)
1960
[1]
The Kingston Trio at Large The Kingston Trio
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Harry Belafonte
Tennessee Stud Eddy Arnold
The Wild, Wild West The Ralph Hunter Choir
The Wilderness Road Jimmy Driftwood
1961
[2]
Swing Dat Hammer Harry Belafonte
Cheers: Drinking Songs Around the World The Belafonte Folk Singers
Greenfields Brothers Four
Here We Go Again! The Kingston Trio
Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba
1962
[3]
The Belafonte Folk Singers... At Home and Abroad The Belafonte Folk Singers
The Big Bill Broonzy Story Big Bill Broonzy
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 1 Alan Lomax
The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters The Limeliters
1963
[4]
If I Had a Hammer Peter, Paul and Mary
The Ballad of Jed Clampett Flatt and scruggs
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Joan Baez in Concert Joan Baez
Midnight Special Harry Belafonte
Presenting The New Christy Minstrels The New Christy Minstrels
Something Special The Kingston Trio
1964
[5]
Blowin' in the Wind Peter, Paul and Mary
Green, Green The New Christy Minstrels
Judy Collins 3 Judy Collins
Odetta Sings Folk Songs Odetta
The World of Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba
1965
[6]
We'll Sing in the Sunshine Gale Garnett
Belafonte at The Greek Theatre Harry Belafonte
Peter, Paul and Mary in Concert Peter, Paul and Mary
Woody Guthrie: Library of Congress Recordings Woody Guthrie
The Times They Are a-Changin' Bob Dylan
Today The New Christy Minstrels
The Voice of Africa Miriam Makeba
1966
[7]
An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba
The High Lonesome Sound Roscoe Holcomb
Makeba Sings! Miriam Makeba
A Song Will Rise Peter, Paul and Mary
Strangers and Cousins Pete Seeger
There but for Fortune Joan Baez
The Womenfolk Live at the Hungry I The Womenfolk
1967
[8]
Blues in the Street Cortelia Clark
God Bless the Grass Pete Seeger
Lead Belly Lead Belly
Oliver Smith Oliver Smith
Reflections in a Crystal Wind Mimi & Richard Fariña
Violets of Dawn The Mitchell Trio
1968
[9]
Gentle on My Mind John Hartford
Album 1700 Peter, Paul and Mary
Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie
In My Life Judy Collins
Janis Ian Janis Ian
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy Pete Seeger
1969
[10]
Both Sides, Now Judy Collins
Did She Mention My Name? Gordon Lightfoot
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter Incredible String Band
John Wesley Harding Bob Dylan
Late Again Peter, Paul and Mary
The Unicorn The Irish Rovers

1970sEdit

Year Album Artist(s)
1970
[11]
Clouds Joni Mitchell
Any Day Now Joan Baez
Donovan Donovan
Bird on the Wire Judy Collins
Day is Done Peter, Paul and Mary
Young vs. Old Pete Seeger
1971
[12]
Good Feelin' T-Bone Walker
Black Music of South America David Lewisohn
Folk Fiddling From Sweden Bjorn Stabi & Ole Hjorth
I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll Mississippi Fred McDowell
Sail On Muddy Waters
Shree Rag Ali Akbar Khan & Shankha Ghosh
1972
[13]
They Call Me Muddy Waters Muddy Waters
18th Century Traditional Music of Japan Keiko Matsuo
The Esso Trinidad Steel Band Esso Trinidad Steel Band
Javanese Court Gamelan Javanese Players
Message to the Young Howlin' Wolf
Mississippi Fred McDowell Mississippi Fred McDowell
Stormy Monday Blues T-Bone Walker
1973
[14]
The London Muddy Waters Sessions Muddy Waters
Blues Piano Orgy Various Artists
Lightnin' Strikes Lightnin' Hopkins
Live at Soledad Prison John Lee Hooker
Walking the Blues Otis Spann
1974
[15]
Then and Now Doc Watson
Can't Get No Grindin' Muddy Waters
John Lee Hooker's Detroit John Lee Hooker
King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree: Blues at Montreux King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree
Lead Belly: Live in Concert Lead Belly
1975
[16]
Two Days in November Doc Watson & Merle Watson
Big Daddy Bukka White
The Back Door Wolf Howlin' Wolf
Catalyst Willie Dixon
London Revisited Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf
1976
[17]
The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album Muddy Waters
I Got What It Takes Koko Taylor
Memphis Blues Memphis Slim
Music of Guatemala The San Lucas Band
Wake Up Dead Man Bruce Jackson
1977
[18]
Mark Twang John Hartford
Bagpipe Marches and Music of Scotland Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band
Beware of the Dog! Hound Dog Taylor
If You Love These Blues, Play 'Em As You Please Michael Bloomfield
Proud Earth Chief Dan George, Arliene Nofchissey Williams & Rick Brousseau
1978
[19]
Hard Again Muddy Waters
Blues Hit Big Town Junior Wells
Right Place, Wrong Time Otis Rush
The Things That I Used to Do Big Joe Turner
What Happened to My Blues Willie Dixon
1979
[20]
I'm Ready Muddy Waters
Chicago Blues at Home Various Artists
Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band in New Orleans Clifton Chenier
I Hear Some Blues Downstairs Fenton Robinson
U.S.A. Memphis Slim & His House Rockers ft. Matt "Guitar" Murphy

1980sEdit

Year Album Artist(s)
1980
[21]
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live Muddy Waters
The Chieftains 7 The Chieftains
Ice Pickin' Albert Collins
Laugh Your Blues Away Uncle Dave Macon
Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 1 Shaw and the Wolf Gang & Left Hand Frank and His Blues Band
Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 3 Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Pinetop Perkins & Sons of Blues
New England Traditional Fiddling John Edwards Memorial Foundation
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Various Artists
So Many Roads Otis Rush
1981
[22]
Rare Blues Various Artists
Atlanta Blues: '33 Various Artists
The Chieftains 9: Boil the Breakfast Early The Chieftains
Kidney Stew Is Fine Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band In New Orleans Queen Ida
1982
[23]
There Must Be a Better World Somewhere B.B. King
Blues Deluxe Various Artists
From the Heart of a Woman Koko Taylor
Frozen Alive! Albert Collins
Living Chicago Blues, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1983
[24]
Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band On Tour Queen Ida
In the Tradition The Boys of the Lough
Live in America The John Renbourn Group
Metropolis The Klezmorim
Reggae Sunsplash '81: A Tribute to Bob Marley Various Artists
Tennessee: Folk Heritage - The Mountain Various Artists
1984
[25]
I'm Here Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band
The Grey Fox The Chieftains
Raga Mishra Piloo Ali Akbar Khan & Ravi Shankar
Renaissance of the Celtic Harp Alan Stivell
Syncro System King Sunny Adé
1985
[26]
Elizabeth Cotten Live! Elizabeth Cotten
100% Fortified Zydeco Buckwheat Zydeco
Good Rockin' Rockin' Dopsie
On A Saturday Night Queen Ida
Open Road Boys of the Lough
1986
[27]
My Toot Toot Rockin' Sidney
Live at the San Francisco Blues Festival Clifton Chenier
Souvenirs Dewey Balfa
Turning Point Buckwheat Zydeco
Zydeco Gris Gris BeauSoleil

Individuals with multiple winsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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