Chet Baker - Chet Baker Sings (1954)

A fluid, intuitive jazz trumpeter with Hollywood idol looks, Baker’s first vocal album (after five instrumental releases) proved he was also no slouch as a crooner. The original eight-song, 10” vinyl version included nuanced readings of standards by the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart and Sammy Cahn, its success spawning a 12” pressing with six additional tracks two years later. A belated award-winner, in 2001 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, set up to honour recordings of “lasting qualitative or historical significance.” TS

Runners-up: Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra Songs For Young Lovers, Judy Garland A Star Is Born.