The Beatles and Paul McCartney both missed chances to add to their collection of Grammy statues in the honors announced Feb. 10 hours before the night's telecast of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, reported Grammy.com.
Hans Olof Gottfridsson, writer of the album notes for Time-Life's “The Beatles With Tony Sheridan – First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition,” was nominated in the Best Album Notes category, but the award went instead to Billy Vera, author of the notes for “Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles,” a five-disc CD compilation of Ray Charles' ABC-Paramount Records singles from 1960 to 1972.
Gottfridsson is also the author of the acclaimed “The Beatles from Cavern to Star Club,” a detailed history of the Beatles before Beatlemania.
The Sheridan disc was a new compilation of tracks reissued many times in the past of songs recorded by the Beatles in Germany that featured vocals by Tony Sheridan. The recordings featured Pete Best on drums, who had yet to be replaced in the Beatles by Ringo Starr.
Best told Beatles Examiner he was happy to see the album be nominated for a Grammy. “I think it's about time. It's good that it's getting recognition,” he said.
Paul McCartney was nominated in three categories. The winners in the two categories that the Deluxe reissue of “Ram” from Hear Music were nominated were announced early and both found McCartney a non-winner.
The album lost in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package to “Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection” from Smithsonian Folkways. It also lost in the Best Historical Album category to the Beach Boys' “The Smile Sessions” box set on Capitol Records.
One Beatles-related Grammy Award still to be announced is the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category in which McCartney is nominated for “Kisses on the Bottom.” His competition in this category were two Christmas albums, “Christmas” by Michael Buble and “A Holiday Carole” by Carole King.
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