HOLLYWOOD -- Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named the top record of 1958 Monday night at the first annual grammy awards dinner of the national academy of recording arts and sciences.
"Volare" also was chosen song of the year at the banquet attended by about 500 persons. Sammy Davis Jr. accepted both top awards for Modugno of Italy before a turnout that included Hollywood's top celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Milton Berle, Peggy Lee, and Mort Sahl.
Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" was named album of the year. Ella Fitzgerald's "Irving Berlin Song Book" was selected as the best female vocal performance and Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star," best male vocal performance.