In 1957, Richard P. Condie was named the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Under his direction, he brought the Choir into the mainstream, while still performing sacred and classical music. In 1959, at the first GRAMMY Awards broadcast, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and won a GRAMMY for the song, which was included on the album, The Lord’s Prayer. The book, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, describes the event: “The doors in an elaborate set parted, framing the nearly 300 singers clad in blue as Richard P. Condie led them in the words 'Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.' ”
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