Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton win lifetime Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actress Julie Andrews, country icon Dolly Parton, jazz drummer Roy Haynes, and punk pioneers the Ramones will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement next year, organizers said on Wednesday.

File photo of Singer Dolly Parton arriving for a press reception in New York May 6, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Recipients also include the Juilliard String Quartet, folk revivalists the Kingston Trio, and 101-year-old gospel legend George Beverly Shea.

They will receive their statuettes at an event in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, a day before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony is held.

With the exception of the Ramones, all the lifetime honourees have won competitive Grammys. The lifetime awards will also be posthumous for most of the founding members of the Ramones and the Kingston Trio. Two of the original members of the Juilliard String Quartet, formed in 1946, are still alive.

Andrews, 75, became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars by playing prim and cheery nannies in the 1960s movie musicals “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.” She and co-star Dick Van Dyke performed the Sherman brothers’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in the former.

Parton, 64, a country music singer-songwriter and businesswoman with an irrepressible personality and voluptuous figure, won some of the best notices of her career in recent years with forays into folk and bluegrass. She is perhaps best known for her ‘70s pop crossover hits “Jolene” and “9 to 5.”

Haynes, 85, noted for drum and cymbal techniques, played with the likes of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane during a career spanning more than 60 years.

From their humble New York beginnings, the Ramones helped pioneer punk rock in the 1970s with such fast-paced songs as “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.” The quartet, whose members adopted Ramone as their last name, went through multiple lineup changes. Co-founders Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone died in the space of three years earlier this decade.

The Juilliard String Quartet has also gone through many lineup changes. Current violist Samuel Rhodes claims the second-longest tenure, of more than 40 years. Co-founders Raphael Hillyer and Robert Mann remain active in retirement.

The Kingston Trio, best known for “Tom Dooley,” helped pave the way for the folk revival of the 1960s. Canadian-born Shea composed the popular hymn “The Wonder Of It All.”

Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte